Common name plant capitalization?

Fixx starkravingmad at
Thu Jun 13 14:07:18 EST 2002

Fixx <starkravingmad at> wrote in message
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> <kathy at> wrote in message
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> > Hi -
> >
> > I got this email from a friend but I really don't know what to tell her.
> > I've done some searching on the web to see if I could find out standards
> > for common names without success.  I tend to capitalize common names
> > myself,
> >
> > "I have a quick Botany question for you. When you are writing about a
> plant
> > using its common name, do you capitalize it at all? For example, when
> > writing about poison ivy, I don't need to use a cap for the "p" do I?
> > only when you're using the Scientific name? Genus is capitalized and
> > species is not.  Am I right about this? We're working on replacing the
> > signs out at Yankauer and I want to make sure we're accurate."
> >
> > Opinions regarding the answer to this q. would be appreciated.
> >
> > -- Kathy Bilton
> > My address does not have an x in it.
> > kathy
> > at
> > fred net
> >
> It seems after consulting several text books/reference books that no
> capitalisation is necessary excepting common grammatical convention i.e.
> it starts at the beginning of a sentence then the first part of the name
> capitalised but the rest are not, or where the plants name contains a name
> itself e.g. Japanese knotweed.  Hope that this helps...
Oh and you are correct about the latin capitalisations as well...

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