A simple example:
If I were talking about Drosera capensis, I would need to remember that all of our plant names are, binomial names. This means that capensis, is not an abbreviation for Drosera capensis, or D. capensis. Here are a few other plants that share the same last name, capensis, as our own familiar Drosera capensis;
To avoid any possibility of confusing our cherished CP, we should learn the few, simple rules used when writing plant names, and use the resources available to be sure we spell them correctly. Cute or inaccurate abbreviations should be reserved for personal communication or when talking with oneself, only. Two resources that I find most useful are, CP Database and CP Photofinder.