ICBN too

Michael Vincent vincenma at MUOHIO.EDU
Mon Jul 16 10:41:23 CDT 2001


I always tell my students that scientific names are very necessary and
indispensable, since they is the only accurate way to communicate around
the world about any given plant.  One example I give is a regional name I
knew as a child for Capsicum anuum:  Mango.  This is a regional midwestern
colloquial name for what I now know is Capsicum annuum, or bell pepper.  I
was very confused the first time someone referred to something else
(Mangifera indica) as a mango.

Let's not go down the common name path...things get too confusing,
especially given the large numbers of plants around the world.  And, in
spite of complaints from "the general public", Latin binomials are not
confusing.


Dr. Michael A. Vincent, Curator
W.S. Turrell Herbarium (MU)
Department of Botany
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio 45056 USA

TEL:  513-529-2755
FAX:  513-529-4243
Email:  Vincenma at muohio.edu




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