[Taxacom] Language tags for scientific names

Adolf Ceska aceska at telus.net
Sat Jun 28 13:45:11 CDT 2008

The International Code of Botanical Nomenclature is  clear about the names:

Principle V  Scientific names of taxonomic groups are treated as Latin
regardless of their derivation.


Camassia quamash (species: Saalish Indian name)
Tsuga heterophylla (genus: Japanese name)
Svida sanguinea (genus: Czech name)

But also (hard to believe):
Botrychium yaaxudakeit Stensvold & Farrar (the elders of Alaska's Yakutat
Tlingit people chose this epithet)

Never mind, I am sure that the plants do not care about how they are called.

All the best,


Adolf Ceska, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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