Botany Hand Book for Florida
'Learning the scientific names of plants can be interesting. After working with these names a while, you will recognize certain prefixes, suffixes, and word roots and be able to identify plants by physical characteristics that match their names.
Plants that are very similar are often in the same family. Therefore, knowing the family characteristics can sometimes significantly narrow the identification process. The first step for identification when you have the actual plant in front of you is to examine characteristics of its parts, such as the stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
This handbook will assist you in learning the terms used to describe these characteristics, with clear, concise definitions and examples, and is an invaluable tool for the beginning botanist.'