[Taxacom] Autonymy: usage of terms in Botanical Nomenclature

Paul van Rijckevorsel dipteryx at freeler.nl
Wed Mar 23 12:01:41 CDT 2016

In zoology, "nominal" and "nominate" refer to quite different
concepts. See the Glossary.

In botany, I suppose an adjective "autonymous" could exist,
but I cannot imagine a case where it would be used. A
variety that bears the autonym as its name would be called
"the typical variety".

Hope this helps,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Christopher Davis" <cdavis15 at asu.edu>
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Subject: [Taxacom] Autonymy: usage of terms in Botanical Nomenclature

> Dear Plant Taxonomists,
> I would like clarification on the proper adjective(s) to use in describing
> the Autonym in taxonomical publications. I note that the adjective
> "nominate" has been preferred to the more general "nominal" when referring
> to the Nominotypical taxon in Zoology. Should either of these terms be 
> used
> in botanical publications, and if not, does the adjective "autonymous"
> exist and fulfill this role?
> Sincerely,
> Christopher Davis
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