Fwd: Re: taxons and orthography

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Thu Mar 9 09:21:22 CST 2000

>Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 09:20:58 -0600
>To: "Susan B. Farmer" <sfarmer at GOLDSWORD.COM>
>From: Thomas Lammers <lammers at uwosh.edu>
>Subject: Re: taxons and orthography
>At 05:25 PM 3/8/00 -0500, you wrote:
>>But one part of the gentleman's question hasn't been answered -- at least
>>I don't think so (and it's one I'm currently struggling with as well --
>>and English *is* my native tongue).  Do family names take an article?
>>is it "Rosaceae are" or "The Rosaceae are"
>I indicated it was a matter of taste, in my opinion.  And in fact, that
>THIS may be the best way to distinguish between a family name as a
>singular entity ("Rosaceae is" sensu Jensen) vs. a family name as an
>aggregate of singular entities: "The Rosaceae are distinguished by their
>..."  vs.  "Common Rosaceae include Rosa, Prunus, Pyrus, ..."

Thomas G. Lammers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Curator of the Herbarium (OSH)
Department of Biology and Microbiology
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54901-8640 USA

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Plant systematics; classification, nomenclature, evolution, and
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