pbs Digest, Vol 156 naming of plants

Hannon othonna@gmail.com
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 11:51:11 PST
Plurals: standard practice in scientific literature for pluralizing genus
names is lower case, no italics. I learned this from Dr. Mark Porter, a
taxonomist at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, some years ago.

Both the lower case and no italics of "scillas" indicates that it is not a
genus name. But Scilla should have been italicized-- problematic in this
digest format.

Editors get to deal with problems such as pluralizing amaryllis or
hibiscus, both in use a-plenty in the vernacular and scientific.

Dylan Hannon

*"The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an
useful plant to its cultureā€¦" --**Thomas Jefferson*
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