Traits and/or states

Thomas Lammers lammers at VAXA.CIS.UWOSH.EDU
Thu Oct 30 09:05:50 CST 2003

At 04:36 PM 10/30/03 +0200, Matt Buys wrote:
>Is there a difference between states and traits and if so, what would
>that be?

A "trait" (character) is a feature of an organism in general, e.g., flower
color.  A state is the specific expression of that character in a given
individual, e.g., red, yellow, or white.

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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