Common name plant capitalization?

Cereoid+1 cereoid at prodigy.net
Fri Jun 14 02:16:22 EST 2002


Why settle for opinion when you can go to the reference?

http://www.bgbm.org/iapt/nomenclature/code/SaintLouis/0000St.Luistitle.htm

See articles 20, 23 & 28.


Fixx <starkravingmad at breathe.com> wrote in message
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> Fixx <starkravingmad at breathe.com> wrote in message
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> > <kathy at fredx.net> 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
> I'm
> > > writing about poison ivy, I don't need to use a cap for the "p" do I?
> It's
> > > 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.
> if
> > it starts at the beginning of a sentence then the first part of the name
> is
> > 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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