Vines studied at Christ's College, Cambridge, obtaining his Bachelor of Sciences in 1873, Bachelor of Arts in 1876, Master of Arts in 1879, and his Doctorate in 1883. He became a member of the Linnean Society of London in 1885. He wrote Lectures on the Physiology of Plants (1886) and in 1895 published A Student’s Text-Book of Botany, and among the books he co-wrote are Science Lectures at South Kensington (1878), An Elementary Text-book of Botany (1880), A Course of Practical Instruction in Botany (1887), Text-book of Botany, Morphological and Physical (1892), An Account of the Herbarium of the University of Oxford (1897), An Elementary Text-book of Botany: From the German of Dr. K. Prantl (1898), The Dillenian Herbaria, (1907).
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