Horticulture - Plant Taxonomy (Unit 2) Vocabulary

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Introductory Horticulture Textbook (8th Edition) Delmar/Cengage Learning

binomial system

a two-name system for naming plants.

botanical nomenclature

the international set of rules in naming plants.

common name

the English name of a plant that may differ in various localities.

cultivar

another name for a specific plant; same as variety.

genus

a classification that includes all plants that are similar in physical structure; the first word listed in a plant's name.

hierarchy

the order in which plants are classified.

Latin

the language often used to name plants.

macrophylla

species name for plants with large leaves.

microphylla

species name for plants with small leaves.

species

a group of plants that evolved together and have similar characteristics.

taxonomists

a person who identifies and classifies plants, often providing the proper name for the plant.

taxonomy

the study of plant names and the identification of plants.

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