Spell-checker and formatting rules
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Index to spell-checker and formatting topics
   Understanding how the botanical name spell-checker works

The Compleat Botanica contains a checklist of genus names, species epithets, sub-species and varieties. The overwhelming majority of these names are for vascular plants: angiosperms, gymnosperms, spore bearing ferns and their allies.   ......................................

   All about family names

Families exhibit common characteristics that in a subjective sense group them together.   ......................................

   Family name endings

The official taxonomic naming convention for families is that they end with -aceae. Only a few exceptions have survived.   ......................................

   Inter-generic hybrids

Inter-generic hybrids are formally identified with a cross symbol prefixing their name.   ......................................

   What are the rules for proper formatting of botanical names?

The genus name must begin with a capital letter and be followed by all lower case letters. Species epithets are to be all lower-case letters.   ......................................

   The Uncertain taxonomy checkbox

Sometimes the full genus, species, and variety is not known for a specimen.   ......................................

Last reviewed March 25, 2004   

 

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