Taxonomy

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Taxonomy, within biology, is the science of defining groups of biological organisms based on their shared characteristics, and the subsequent naming of these groups.

 

Taxa (singular: taxon) means arrangement, hence taxonomy is an arrangement method or classification system. It can refer to the generic names the system is divided in, such as: family, genus, species. But, it can also refer to the specific. For example: Zingiberaceae (The Ginger Family). Which includes some of the following genera: Zingiber, Alpinia, Curcuma, and Elettaria. Which in turn contain the following species: Zingiber officinale (Ginger), Alpinia galanga (Galangal), Curcuma longa (Curcuma or Turmeric), Elettaria cardamomum (Green Cardamom).

A specific taxon can be named by a person (author), but it can also be named after a person (eponymy). When a species is named and described—or re-described, and by extension often reassigned to a different genus or family—it will have the author's name (abbreviated) next to it. As such: Genus species Author. Or, Genus species (ex. Author) Author.

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Botanical Terms and Taxa mentioned

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Genus (genera)

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