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  Re: why scientists don't just give up the names battle
From: Betsy Feuerstein ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2001.07.09 at 07:24:55(6989)
Botanical nomenclature has a perfect place. As you say it is not perfect in all
of its aspect, but it does serve a valid place in science. Is the average person
who deals with plants, dealing in science? Or is he dealing with likes,
dislikes, wants, and needs as far as plants go? He wants a plant that will grow
in the dark, he wants a plant that takes full sun, he wants a plant that will
grow in wet soil, he wants a plant that will live with bad drainage, he wants a
plant because he likes the plant..... Does any of that require the scientific
botanical nomenclature? Certainly knowing such might help him know if the plant
was what he desired or needed, but there may well be a simpler way .... someone
or a tag tells him what he needs to know or what he sees pleases his senses, or
the smell tickles his nose. I don't think the botanical name is going to add
much to his deliberations.

Scientists and some plant enthusiasts want to know plant names and that is
great. Some of us like to grow the plants and if we have a tidbit of
nomenclature to go along with it, super. Some just love the plants. Let's
consider that some need the clarification of nomenclature, some want it, and
some don't give a darn and maybe move on to something new.

Betsy

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