Latin diagnosis : time to let go

Show simple item record Figueiredo, Estrela Moore, Gerry Smith, G.F. (Gideon Francois), 1959- 2011-06-02T11:30:20Z 2011-06-02T11:30:20Z 2010-04
dc.description.abstract Article 36.1 of the International code of botanical nomenclature (McNeill & al., 2006) requires that, as from 1 January 1935, all names of new plant taxa (algae and fossils excepted) can be validly published only if they are accompanied by a Latin description or diagnosis or by a reference to an effectively published Latin diagnosis or description. Although several past Nomenclature Section meetings have voted on proposals to have this requirement lifted, the liberation of plant nomenclature, and by implication plant taxonomy, from this impediment remains elusive. We argue that the Latin requirement must be removed now as it represents a relict that does not serve the purposes for which it was originally intended. Previous proposals to delete the requirement of a Latin description or diagnosis for the valid publication of a plant name have all had strings attached. We propose (Figueiredo & al. in Taxon 59: 659–660, this issue) that, as from the effective date of the Melbourne Code (a suitable date after the Melbourne Congress), a diagnosis or description in any language would suffice to effect valid publication of a plant name, the algae and fossils excepted, provided all of the other provisions for valid publication have been satisfied. en
dc.identifier.citation Figueiredo, E, Moore, G & Smith, GF 2010, 'Latin diagnosis : Time to let go', Taxon, vol. 59, no. 2, pp. 617-620. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 0040-0262
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Association for Plant Taxonomy en_US
dc.rights © 2009 by International Association for Plant Taxonomy en_US
dc.subject Botanical Latin en
dc.subject International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, 2006 en
dc.subject Botanical nomenclature en
dc.subject Plant names en
dc.subject.lcsh Plants -- Nomenclature en
dc.title Latin diagnosis : time to let go en
dc.type Article en

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