I have been trying to learn zeraim, but I keep getting stuck on all the names of the plants. Is there any comprehensive listing?

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    Check out Yehuda Felix's books – Double AA Oct 6 '19 at 17:44
  • Lovers of classics should check out the magnum opus of Immanuel Löw, the volumes of Die Flora der Juden. [He was one of the main influences of Yehuda Feliks.] – Kazi bácsi Nov 6 '19 at 11:16
  • Not a recommendation, as I haven't actually read it, but Rav Kappah has a sefer הצומח במשנה (or some title like that). – Mordechai Nov 25 '19 at 22:20
  • The new editions of the Aruch on Yerushalmi have pictures – Dr. Shmuel Jan 26 '20 at 5:04

I recommend the book הצומח והחי במשנה by יהודה פליקס. I found it invaluable when learning משניות סדר זרעים. It's in Hebrew but includes, if I recall right, the taxonomic and English names of each plant, and pictures. Not everyone agrees with his identifications of the various types of plant, and, if I recall right, he doesn't always include even major dissenting opinions. It's been a while since I've opened the book, though; my memory may be misserving me.

  • If someone has used the book more recently than I and can edit this answer post for accuracy, please do! – msh210 Oct 6 '19 at 20:40
  • The book is on אוצר החכמה. Is there anything particular you'd like to know about it? (I haven't used it; just looked for it out of curiosity.) – MTL Nov 5 '19 at 21:45
  • @Shokhet, just to make sure that my statements in the answer are correct – msh210 Nov 6 '19 at 10:33

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