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Scientific names

Each scientific name is composed of two words, both italicized or underlined.
The first word is capitalized, and is also used as the genus name. The second word is the species epithet. The two words form the species name.

Bauhinia blakeana Dunn* is chosen here as an example.
- Bauhinia is the genus name, chosen by Linnaeus to honor two Swiss botanists who are twin brothers, with reference to the two equal lobes in leaves of this genus.
- The second word in the scientific name, blakeana, is the species epithet, chosen to honor Sir Henry Blake, Governor of Hong Kong from 1898-1903.
- Dunn is the botanist who named this species.


*A recent molecular study (Am J Bot 2005;92:525-533) confirmed that Bauhinia blakeana is a hybrid between Bauhinia purpurea and B. variegata. It becomes necessary to call it by a new hybrid name: Bauhinia 'Blakeana'.
Bauhinia blakeana
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