Gods and Goddesses in the Garden
Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of PlantsBook - 2008
"Botanist Peter Bernhardt reveals the rich history and mythology that underlie the origins of many scientific plant names. Unlike other books about botanical taxonomy, Bernhardt's account comes together in a series of interlocking stories. Each chapter opens with a short version of a classical myth, then links the tale to plant names, showing how each plant "resembles" its mythological counterpart with regard to its history, anatomy, life cycle, and conservation. For example, the garden acanthus wears spines along its leaf margins, and is named for the nymph who scratched the face of Apollo. The shape-shifting god, Proteus, gives his name to a whole family of shrubs and trees that produce colorful flowering branches in an astonishing number of sizes and shapes. Amateur and professional gardeners, botanists and conservationists alike will appreciate this book's entertaining and informative entry to the field of botanical names." -from product description.
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2008.
Characteristics: xix, 239 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Greco-Roman mythology and the scientific names of plants .