[Taxacom] Autonymy: usage of terms in Botanical Nomenclature

Peter B. Phillipson Peter.Phillipson at mobot.org
Wed Mar 23 15:09:35 CDT 2016


The word autonymic is what I would use, and although I only get "about 2000" hits on googling it, but many of these lead to the Code of Nomenclature, so that is reassuring!

Cheers, Pete

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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?


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