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From: http://www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/plant%20names.htm#Common%20names (with minor edits) Common names : There are a number of reasons that common names really cannot be used as the basis for plant identification or discussion: 1) Most plants have no common name. (Now that’s a very good reason for not using common names.) Remember this when you look at plant identification books. Most authors will tell you that they have made up a number of "common names" just for publishing in their book. Very often that made up common name is just a rearrangement of the scientific name, for instance, the scientific name Phacelia fremontii becomes Fremont's Phacelia. 2) Plants with common names nearly always have several common names: names vary from region to region within the U.S. and from country to country. Thus using common names will inevitably lead to misunderstandings and arguments. 3) In a number of instances, the same common name often refers to several different species, not to one specific plant: There are many "Bluebells", "Paintbrush", "Goldenrod", "Daisy", "Groundsel",
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course HORT 100 taught by Professor Dana during the Spring '11 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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