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    Tamlin,

    Drosera cistiflora not D. cistaflora. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    PinguiculaMan

    I have noticed your precise interpretation of plant naming regulations with interest both here at PFT and at the CPUK Forum. I agree completely with the necessity to spell species names as correctly as possible (we all make mistakes, both with typing and not checking names occasionally), and that the genus name should begin with a capital letter and the specific epithet with a lower case one. However, it's very picky, in my opinion, to pull people up on not using italics for plant names. It's cumbersome to type using the italics button on the various forums, and even the experts at ICPS Carnivorous Plant Database don't use italics (or under-lining) with species names on the Database. It's one thing to get italics right in a scientific journal and quite another in discussion forums. Insistence on adherence to strict nomenclature regulations is only going to put off the majority of young, amateur CP enthusiasts, many of whom are enjoying growing plants and learning about them for the first time.

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    Hi Vic,

    Joseph did correct the typo D. cist_a_flora and didn't ask to write plant names in italics.

    I have to admit, I do fully agree with Joseph that writing plant names correct is of importance. The best way is to learn it from the beginning and don't get used to wrong names at all. I do hope, that some day also in other parts of this forum the mods do correct typos in the silent way Joseph does...

    Joachim

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    Thanks for the correction, and I mean that! It is important to get the spelling and capitilization right. Joseph and I have had many discussions on this subject and we both agree that the itallics and underlining is not essential, but that it is desirable to at least know the proper form. We are very lucky to have the services of our "silent editor" to keep us straight and looking intelligent to the rest of the community.
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