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    I'm really new to growing CP's and would like to know how the naming conventions work. I see D. capensis, N. ventrata, S. leucophylla, P. potosciensis etc but don't understand why there is a D, N, S, P etc before each one.

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    The letters are abbreviations for the genus each of the species belong to. the genera (with common name) you list are:
    Drosera (sundews), Nepenthes (tropical pitcher), Sarracenia (pitcher), and Pinguicula (butterwort).
    Plants are generally listed with their latin names--genus first, then species. You also might see them listed with their common names like Sundews vs. Drosera
    Hope this helps!
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    Ok, thanks... that helps

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    And technically, though most have have been lazy about it, the scientific name is italicized. e.g. Drosera binata. Then are the cultivars.....

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    bringing it back....its also easier to write Nepenthes vs tropical pitcher plant or sarracenia vs north american pitcher plant.
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    I think "north american pitcher plant" and "tropical pitcher plant" are tacky laymans terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (pingman @ Sep. 20 2006,6:36)]... Plants are generally listed with their latin names--genus first, then species. . .
    This is a common misconception, that the second part of the binomial is the "species" name. When in fact, only the genus and specific epithet (second descriptive part of a species name), together comprise the "species" name. Which is why it is called a binomial system.

    See: "Article 23.1. The name of a species is a binary combination consisting of the name of the genus followed by a single specific epithet in the form of an adjective, a noun in the genitive, or a word in apposition, or several words, but not a phrase name of one or more descriptive nouns and associated adjectives in the ablative (see Art. 23.6(a)), nor certain other irregularly formed designations (see Art. 23.6). If an epithet consists of two or more words, these are to be united or hyphenated. An epithet not so joined when originally published is not to be rejected but, when used, is to be united or hyphenated, as specified in Art. 60.9." of the ICBN (International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

    You can check out the entire code at the link above, but these rules only apply to plant taxonomy as it applies to plants in general and mostly to plants still in the wild. There are other rules that expand on these rules, and they are applied to cultivated plants, most specifically.

    Most CP plant names can be found in the CP Database.



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    I can add that when writing, the first mention of the plant name should be spelled in full and subsequent usage of the name may have the genus name abbreviated.
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