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Wildflower Names.


The system that we use today to name flowers was the brainchild of Carl Linnaeus, who was an 18th century Swedish botanist. The system he devised is known as Binomial nomenclature. Linnaeus chose to use a two part naming system that is always written in Latin. The first part, the Genus, is always written in upper case and the second part, the species, is always written in lower case. For example Twinflower, a fairly common flower in Nova Scotia is known by it's botanical name of Linnaea borealis,which is, as you may have guessed named after Carl Linnaeus. He was so fond of Twinflower that he even had his portrait painted with it (at left).

Twinflower, Linnaea borealis.

Twinflower, Linnaea borealis.

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