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Oryza sativa is the binomial name of the rice plant. The word sativa is called the


  1. Specific name

  2. Specific nomenclature

  3. Specific epithet

  4. Species name


Solution

The correct option is C

Specific epithet


Oryza sativa is a cultivated species of rice. Oryza is a genus which includes some species of grasses (2 cultivated and 20 wild species). Sativa means cultivated. Because it is a cultivated type of rice, sativa indicates its specific epithet.

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