Description of new species: No Latin required anymore

Caroli Linnæi ... Flora zeylanica: sistens plantas indicas Zeylonæ insulæ ...
Caroli Linnæi ... Flora zeylanica: sistens plantas indicas Zeylonæ insulæ ...1747

With beginning of the new year, the international botanical community has dismissed two requirements in describing new species or other taxa. It is now no longer necessary to include a Latin description of the plant, and the article describing a new species must not be printed, but can also be published online. “Beginning 1 January 2012 names of new plants, algae, and fungi may now be published with a validating diagnosis or description that is written in either Latin or English”, says an article which explains the decisions of an international botanical congress in July in Melbourne. The rules of introducing valid taxa are stated in International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants (ICN).

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