[Taxacom] Polynomials or binomials with descriptions?

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sun Jun 8 02:35:14 CDT 2008

The first edition of Miller's work that is accepted as having switched to
binomial nomenclature (and thus containing validly published names of 
species), is the 8th edition, of 1768.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frank Farruggia" <frank_farruggia at hotmail.com>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 5:37 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Polynomials or binomials with descriptions?

Hello Taxacomers,

I am working out some nomeclatural issues within Sesbania (Leguminosae) and
have a question about Phillip Miller's Gardeners Dictionary, Edition 3.  One
name has been suggested as a polynomial in this publication.  My question
is, did Miller publish the names as Genus (epithet) followed by the
description.  It appears that he was suggesting a binomial name by putting
the epithet within parentheses.  Or are these indeed polynomials?  I
couldn't find an explaination in the text. Thanks for all your help.

FrankFrank T. Farruggia School of Life SciencesArizona State
UniversityTempe, AZ 85287Frank_Farruggia at hotmail.com
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