Good plant-science reads, was Nomenclature changes

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:39:47 PDT
Well, the congress was held in Australia, a fitting place in which to
announce Acacia as the primary genus. It's name (from 1754) does at least
precede Senegalia and Racosperma by many years. 


There is a lot more to stimulate you on the website of last month's
International Botanical Congress at I recommend the
program and the abstracts. Amid the blitherers there are thinkers; one can
also recognize trends, fads, cabals, life forms reporting in from outer
space and what may be pure static.

If possible even more gripping is the final summary of proposals to amend
the code for naming plants, which appeared in the journal Taxon for February
2011:… . If you
need a good laugh -- or a good cry -- read Article 51, on what shall become
of the polyphyletic genus Acacia. Much more has been published on this topic
but I will spare you.

xo to all


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Subject: Nomenclature changes, was Publishing taxa in Latin and in print

> The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature is no more. Instead we
> have
> the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants.

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