Modern Plant Nomenclature: A Resource Guide

By: Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter is a professor in the Biology Department and director of the Plant Conservatory at California Polytechnic University, San…

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For more information on plant nomenclature (the naming and classification of plants) and the recent changes in the names of familiar plants to match the DNA research that is ongoing, consider the following resources:

For California native and naturalized plant names:

For searching plant names and synonyms:

Online version of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature:

Essay by Dr John David, RHS chief scientist:

RHS Plant Finder online (free):
A list of plants available in British nurseries, but with up-to-date nomenclature

Plantsman Graham Rice’s blog:

A humorous YouTube video on the woes of changing plant names:


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