The Carnivorous Plant FAQ v. 11.5
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The International Carnivorous Plant Society

Q: Why do you use weird Latin plant names in the FAQ?

Darlingtonia californica
Darlingtonia californica

Homo uxoris
Homo uxoris
A: This FAQ uses Latin names for plants frequently and unapologetically. There are very straightforward reasons for it which I describe in greater detail relevant parts of the FAQ taxonomy section. Just get used to it.

Basically, Latin names are essential when discussing plants because the plant world is extremely complex and there are many species. For example, the name "rainbow plant" is ambiguous, because it has been applied to species of both Drosera and Byblis.

Also, Latin names are universal. I'm sure that Portuguese botanists might feel quite comforable talking about Pinheiro baboso, but do you know what they're talking about?

When talking plants, Latin is the best way to go, and I use it with glee.

Page citations: Erickson, R. 1968; Greuter, W. et al. 2000; Rice, B.A. 2006a.

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