Language of descriptions

Karen Wilson Karen_Wilson at RBGSYD.GOV.AU
Fri Oct 27 08:16:41 CDT 1995

     I too like having at least a Latin diagnosis of a taxon in a paper in,
     say, a Chinese or Japanese journal, and I would not like to see the
     requirement for this changing. I think we botanists have a great
     advantage in having references such as W. Stearn's 'Botanical Latin',
     which allow most botanists to piece together a diagnosis with minimal
     background in Latin (albeit with mixed results if they don't get
     someone knowledgeable to check it!) and to translate published
     diagnoses or descriptions. Do such useful references exist for
     Karen Wilson

     Karen L. Wilson
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