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A survey of the use of two common suffixes of generic names and species epithets in botanical nomenclature is provided and discrepancies in treatment, either in the form of the stem or in the gender, are demonstrated. The reasons for these discrepancies and their consequences are outlined and possible means of harmonization are indicated.

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Keywords: BOTANICAL LATIN; NOMENCLATURE; ORTHOGRAPHY

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CABI Bioscience UK Centre, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, U.K.

Publication date: 2003-08-01

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