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Which Plant Is That?


Scientifically appointed plant names are more than a sophisticated, pretentious alternative to a plant’s common name. While vernacular or common names may be more identifiable to gardeners – and easier to remember – they are no substitute for botanic names. As with medical terms, botanic names have information attached to them. Botanical names are binomials that draw on Latin genus and species, and for a binomial to be legitimate, it must conform to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature. Unlike medical terms, however, what the name makes reference to may be less obvious, as it could pertain to the appearance,… read more