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Botanical Latin

Botanical Latin (or Binomial Nomenclature) is a formal system of naming species of living things by giving each a name composed of two parts (both of which use Latin grammatical forms, although they can be based on words from other languages).

The first part of the name identifies the genus to which the species belongs; the second part identifies the species within the genus. For example, humans belong to the genus Homo and within this genus to the species Homo sapiens.

The formal introduction of this system of naming species is credited to Swedish natural scientist Carl Linnaeus, effectively beginning with his work Species Plantarum in 1753.
Posted on May 8th, 2014
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