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Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners

A Handbook on the Origin and Meaning of the Botanical Names of some Cultivated Plants

Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners 
by William T. Stearn
Timber Press, 2002

From Abelia, those ornamental shrubs named after Dr.Clarke Abel (1780-1826), to the Zygopetalum of the orchid family, this thick reference provides the etymology of 6,000 botanical names. 

These are cross-referenced with about 3,000 vernacular plant names to provide a detailed guide to garden nomenclature.

The author, the late William T. Stearn, was a botanical scholar who served as a botanist at London's Natural History Museum.


This work, now reprinted in trade paperback, began as a revision of the late A. W. Smith's "A Gardener's Book of Plant Names" (1963). 

Originally published in 1972, it was greatly amended and expanded on 20 years before it appeared as "Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners" in 1992.



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Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names
Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners 
A Handbook on the Origin and Meaning of the Botanical Names of some Cultivated Plants


Camel'lia f. Evergreen flowering trees and shrubs named for Georg Josef Kamel (1661-1706), Jesuit pharmacist, born at Brno, Moravia; he botanized from 1688 onwards in Luzon in the Philippines and wrote an account of the plants which was published in 1704 by his English correspondent John Ray under his Latinized name, Camellus. Commercially the most important species is the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. THEACEAE 







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