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Binomial Nomenclature - How a Tree Species is Formally Named

By December 20, 2013

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Dawn Redwood

Binomial nomenclature is the preferred scientific system of naming species of living things, including trees. By giving each tree a special name composed of two parts, common names can be avoided and the probability of accurate identification in scientific literature is increased.

Created and promoted by botanist Carolus Linnaeus in 1753, this taxonomic labeling system formally identifies, by Latin name, most living (and extinct) organisms. All trees have a unique name for both the plant's genus and species in addition to numerous common names.

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