Common Names => Classification (utility) & species (unique identifiers)

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Mon Jul 16 12:03:54 CDT 2001

At 12:46 PM 7/16/01 -0400, Christian Thompson wrote:
>As an aside to those botanist read this stream. Do the Linnaean genera,
>like Ulmus (elms), Quercus (oaks), Acer (maples), Pinus (pines), etc.,
>remain in use in their broad sense that I as a zoologist think of them?  Or
>have they too been split?

These genera you mention seem very "natural" -- Linnaeus seems to have
delimited clades.  For other Linnaean plant genera, this is not true,
though in many cases, the splitting was done within a generation or two of
1753 and so does not cause problwems today.
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
biogeography of the Campanulaceae s. lat.

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