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Unformatted text preview: is not. Lay people often ridicule scientific names as unpronounceable atrocities, but these same scoffers use many genera names with little complaint. Geranium, chrysanthemum, aster, asparagus, primula, begonia, and rhododendron (as well as hundreds of others) are not only common plant names, but genera names as well. Other common names are recognizable as anglicized versions of such genera names as: Pinus, Juniperus, Cyperus, Rosa, Hyacinthus, Tulipa, Lilium and others. Scientific names are important because they are exact: one kind of plant, one name. Common names vary from place to place and language to language, but scientific names in Latin remain the same and are recognizable anywhere in the world....
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