[Taxacom] Autonymy: usage of terms in Botanical Nomenclature

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Mon Mar 28 09:08:46 CDT 2016

The proper adjective to describe "autonym" is stupid. Everything was fine until Dick Brummitt introduced it to botany. When I chided him, he replied "Well, I thought it was a good idea at the time." Brummitt did some fine things for botany, but the autonym is not one of them. 

Richard H. Zander
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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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