Scientific (= Latin) Plant Names
The binary nomenclature used by Carl von Linné in the 18th
century to establish a structured order in the worldwide botanical
diversity has remained the basis of any scientific nomenclature in
botany up to the present day. Since Linné, the name of a species
has always consisted of two words: the generic name and the specific
epithet. In our data-base we follow these basic principles.The only
exception being in the naming of our picture-data where we had to find
an agreement with the 31-sign-convention of international computer
The rules of botanical nomenclature are formulated in the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN), in the current version of the “Saint Louis Code” dating from the year 2000, respectively in the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants (ICNCP). The plant names of Wisskirchen, respectively Zander, on which we orientate our main entries, follow these rules. Thus the entries in our thumbnail representation will always indicate to you the latest scientific name of a plant as well as the commonly agreed upon name in the respective spoken language (German, English or French). These valid names together with the Latin name of the plant family are what you will also find in the description in our IPTC-Headers when you order our picture-material.
As for our recent research in the fields of chinese medical plants our nomenclature is based on the updated entries of the Flora of China (www.eFloras.org) as far as our own entries of species have been considered in this work of progress.
Despite these international regulations different rules may still
be valid in pharmaceutical biology or in homeopathy. As a picture agency
we feel obliged to serve all different groups of interest and therefore
we have included these differing scientific names in the lists of our
search engine as well.
We are happy to present a rich choice of botanical studies to a broad circle of an increasingly interested public and we will be thankful for any kind of feed-back which helps us to improve our offer or the service-functions of our search-engine.