Publishing taxa in Latin and in print: ave atque vale

Alberto Castillo
Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:01:12 PDT
"> The latin diagnosis provided a common reference for all botanists. Regardless of the language or character set, one could at least get an idea of the tsaxon from it. It provided a rich yet accurate way of describing plants. I fear botany is going to suffer as a result of the ensuing chaos."
Absolutely yes. On countless occasions THE formal reference is the Latin description. Let's not panic tho: it needs to be ratified. I can not imagine ourselves having to learn a dozen different languages for the interpretation of the species descriptions.


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