chapter  4
30 Pages

Plant names and botanical publication

ByWilliam Hawthorne, Stephen Harris

This chapter concentrates on those aspects of field guides that relate to plant naming, leading into the subject of identification in Chapter 5, and the types of information required for naming and identification in Chapter 6. En route, we discuss ‘botanical identity’ – how a plant’s name is defined – as this is central to understanding the role of any plant guide book. We concentrate on scientific names, but also discuss the use of common names. If scientific nomenclature is new to you, do not be put off: work with a botanist and the chapter will help you to understand the steps they go through.