Botanical Latin Descriptions and Diagnoses
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(updated 13 May 2022)
A description gives one or more character states of one or more characters for a taxon. Taxa below are species.
A diagnosis compares a new taxon (here, a species) with a known one (i.e., one that has been previously described or diagnosed.
Thank you to Tom Hayward, lecturer emeritus in Classical and Medieval Studies at Bates College (Lewiston, Maine), for his help when I find myself struggling with a translation. In the end, however, I accept responsibility for any errors in this glossary or in the associated translations unless I can find some way to blame them on Tom (or on anyone else). Comments and corrections are welcome and should be sent to email@example.com. Thanks.
Links to translations of botanical Latin descriptions and diagnoses of species:
Abies mariana (now Picea mariana)
Amomum cardamomum (now Elettaria cardamomum)
Cupressus disticha (now Taxodium distichum)
Cupressus thyoides (now Chamaecyparis thyoides)
Iris versicolor (now Limniris versicolor)
Liquidambar peregrina (now Comptonia peregrina)
Lycopodium complanatum (now Diphasiastrum complanatum)
Pinus abies (now Picea abies)
Pinus balsamea (now Abies balsamea)
Pinus canadensis (now Tsuga canadensis)