Names and naming

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Wed Jul 24 13:04:15 CDT 1996

Hugh Wilson has a good point - scientific names are often less stable
than common names.  Despite the fact that Nuttall's oak is now
Quercus texana, displacing the former binomial Quercus nuttallii, it is
still know as Nuttall's oak!  I'm sure there are numerous other examples
in which common names have displayed greater stability than scientific names.

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