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Authority Directory

Every plant family, genus, species, and subspecific taxon (subspecies, variety, or form) is associated with an authority, that is, the name of botanist who first described it. The species authority, for example, is found usually in abbreviated form immediately after the species name. In the list below are the names or abbreviations of authorities who described plants in the Muskoka flora. Each one is linked to more information about the individual in question.

Sometimes more than one authority is associated with a taxon. For example, consider the name Strophostyles helvola (L.) Elliott. Linnaeus described Phaseolus helvolus. Elliott took this species out of Phaseolus and placed it in a new genus, Strophostyles, that he had described. The parenthetical authority is thus the one responsible for first using the name in question. Another combination of authorities that is seen indicates the publication by one person of a name that they ascibe to another, as in Crataegus succulenta Schrader ex Link. Here, the name succulenta was first used by Schrader, but was validly published only by Link.

Following is a list of the authorities who described plants in this checklist.


Muskoka Flora - Index : Authority List

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