Naming Plants

Naming Plants - is not Lay people often ridicule scientific...

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Naming Plants Biologists around the world use today a single method with standardized rules to name plants and  animals: the  bionomial system of nomenclature The bionomial system of nomenclature The binomial system in use today gives a single name recognizable throughout the world to each  individual kind of organism. The  scientific name  consists of two parts (in Latin): the name of the  genus  (plural:  genera ), plus the name of the particular  species . The system originated with  Carl  Linnaeus  in the middle of the eighteenth century as a shortcut to the cumbersome polynomial  system then in use that required 12-word descriptions to be written as part of the name. In the  binomial system, the scientific name is  italicized  in print and the genus is capitalized, but the species 
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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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