Cover image for The Cambridge illustrated glossary of botanical terms
The Cambridge illustrated glossary of botanical terms
Hickey, Michael, 1930-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 208 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 30 cm
Added Author:

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
QK10 .H53 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

On Order



This beautifully illustrated glossary comprises over 2400 terms commonly used to describe vascular plants. The majority are structural terms referring to parts of plants visible with the naked eye or with a x10 hand lens, but some elementary microscopical and physiological terms are also included, as appropriate. Each term is defined accurately and concisely, and whenever possible, cross referenced to clearly labelled line drawings made mainly from living material. The illustrations are presented together in a section comprising 127 large format pages, within which they are grouped according to specific features, such as leaf shape or flower structure, so allowing comparison of different forms at a glance. The illustrations therefore provide a unique compilation of information that can be referred to independently of the definitions. This makes the glossary a particularly versatile reference work for all those needing a guide to botanical terminology and plant structure.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Students of botany often struggle with the unusual names used to describe the morphological features and arrangement of plant parts in plant identification keys or botany texts. This illustrated glossary should make the task of plant identification easier and facilitate the learning of plant science. All terms likely to be encountered in describing vascular plants are included. The first part of the book consists of a standard glossary with references to illustrations in the second part. The illustrations are arranged by specific plant features, beginning with roots and progressing through stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, etc. The arrangement by plant part allows easy comparison of different forms and makes the work's illustrations browsable. For example, the user can browse the illustrations of fruits or can turn to the glossary for a description of a fruit type and a reference to a specific illustration. A similar work, James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris's Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary (CH, Nov'94; 2nd ed., 2001), is also useful. Academic and special libraries will want both. T. McKimmie New Mexico State University