Ambrosia trifida L
Name: Deborah C.
Date: 4/18/2002 8:22:32 PM
I work for the IL General Assembly's Joint Committee on
Administrative Rules. One of the rules we are editing refers to Ambrosia
Does the "L" stand for Linnaeus? Is it used in all binomial
Yes, L. is the standard abbreviation for the author Linnaeus. It is used
only for those names that Linnaeus himself authored, i.e., each plant name
is followed by its author(s)'s standardized name(s).
For more information, see
Anthony R. Brach
Yes, and Yes. Less well known nomenclature authorities are given longer
abbreviations or written out. The definitive resource for the Chicago area,
Plants of the Chicago Region, Swink and Wilhelm, includes a listing of all
the nomenclature authorities for plants included in the book.
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