Emma Short and Alex George
15.2cm x 22.9cm
Latin is one of two acceptable languages for describing new plants, and taxonomists must be able to translate earlier texts in Latin. Providing a simple explanation of Latin grammar along with an in-depth vocabulary, this is an indispensable guide for systematic botanists worldwide. All relevant parts of speech are discussed, with accompanying examples as well as worked exercises for translating diagnoses and descriptions to and from Latin. Guidelines for forming specific epithets are also included. The authors cross-reference their grammar to Stearn's Botanical Latin and to articles in the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants. The comprehensive vocabulary is enhanced with terms from recent glossaries for non-flowering plants lichens, mosses, algae, fungi and ferns making this an ideal resource for anyone looking to hone their understanding of Latin grammar and to translate botanical texts from the past 300 years.
The book covers basic Latin grammar only to the level required by botanists, bridging the gap between total lack of knowledge and the complex and theoretical detail of other guides. It features worked exercises and examples of translating to and from Latin making it ideal for use both in independent study and as part of coursework. Also included is a comprehensive vocabulary, enhanced with terms for non-flowering plants, making this a unique and practical guide for botanists worldwide.