Anna Pavord --> reviewed by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers -->

Browsing through plant encyclopedias and garden catalogs or visiting botanical gardens and nurseries, one can see many varieties of offerings, each carrying a binomial, or two-name, Latin label comprising a particular plant’s genus, which is capitalized, and following it in lower-case, an epithet, or characterizing secondary name denoting its species. This epithet may refer to the plant’s original habitat: for instance, Pinusvirginiana for the pitch pine native to eastern North America; to the plant collector who discovered it in the wild, perhaps fortunei if, as in the case of the rhododendron, it was first brought into cultivation by Robert Fortune (1812–1880); or to some other...

 

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