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Botanical Names

A botanical name is essentially a formal scientific name assigned to a plant, algae or fungi- living or extinct.

There are countless plant species identified to date, and many are found around the world. Hence, the same plant might be known by several common names. For example, Bellis perennis is the botanical name for Daisy. However, it has many other common names such as Lawn Daisy, English Daisy and common daisy.

Hence, the primary purpose of assigning a botanical name is to avoid confusion or misidentification. Furthermore, most botanical names use Latin to describe certain characteristics of that particular species. Other botanical names use a combination of Latin and a person’s name, usually a scientist or the individual who discovered the plant.

Following are a list of plants and their botanical names.

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