Compact dictionary which will provide the botanist and the specialist with the reference material desired, but which the average layman will find too soberly factual for the garden bookshelf. An introductory section gives something of the basis of plant names which- this layman acknowledges- makes it simpler than he average presentation. The reasons why of family name, genus and variety are simplified. There are various facts behind the names:- the person who first identified the variety, the regional source etc., give a bit of color to a rather dry arshalling of facts. The main part of the book is a botanical dictionary, with occasional plant names accompanied by something of their history and story in expanded form, as for example tulips and wine grapes. But in the main the definitions are taken down to bald specifics, with short shrift given, for example, to legend and story. This section is followed by a useful cross index- the common name opposite the technical plant name.