We hope you have enjoyed the SRGC Forum. You can make a Paypal donation to the SRGC by clicking the above button

Author Topic: accepted and correct names are context dependent  (Read 1882 times)

Great Moravian

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 410
  • Country: 00
accepted and correct names are context dependent
« on: June 17, 2010, 02:54:41 PM »
Reaction to http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=5539.msg155970#msg155970
People often ask following questions
      Which of the names is correct
      Which of the names is accepted
But it is really pseudo-questions.
The correct name is the name which ought to be used according to the rules in the taxonomic context accepted by the writer. A plant has different correct names in different taxonomic contexts.
The accepted name is the name accepted by an author. The accepted name may be incorrect. Furthermore, different authors accept different names. It has little sense to search The Accepted Name. No one exists.
The use of different names for one plant causes no problems. In contrast, the use of one name for different plants is confusing.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2010, 03:04:49 PM by Great Moravian »
Josef N.
gardening in Brno, Czechoslovakia
---
Krieg, Handel und Piraterie, dreieinig sind sie, nicht zu trennen
War, business and piracy are triune, not to separate
Goethe

cohan

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3401
  • Country: ca
  • forest gnome
Re: accepted and correct names are context dependent
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2010, 05:23:27 PM »

The use of different names for one plant causes no problems. In contrast, the use of one name for different plants is confusing.

good point! this is why 'common' names are not very useful for most plants!

 


Scottish Rock Garden Club is a Charity registered with Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR): SC000942
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal