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The idea of allowing diagnoses in any language is disastrous and a step in the wrong direction. As the knowledge of Latin among botanists is diminishing, it is instead important to establish a multilingual Latin-dictionary on the Internet with examples of how to make diagnoses. Though the importance of the diagnosis sensu Linnaeus now is mostly covered by the type method, it is impossible to give it up as the important link between nomenclature and taxonomy (where the Linnaean description belongs entirely) and with taxonomy in the past.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Natural History, Bergen Museum, University of Bergen, Allégt. 41, 5007 Bergen, Norway;, Email:

Publication date: 2010-08-01

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