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There are several advantages of getting names right. It enables you to search electronic sources of information (bibliographies, electronic abstracts and internet) for available literature. It enables you to communicate with others about species in that alternatives (synonyms) can be highlighted, and you can be confident that you are each talking about the same plant.
As a standard we have used Index Kewensis and where necessary employed Mabberley's (1997) Plant Book as a back up reference. In choosing between alternate forms of Latin spellings we have used William Stearn's (1992) Botanic Latin as a guide.