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Definition of authority

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Definition as written by Terry:

Refers to the person who is recognized as the author of a particular plant's name.

When a plant's botanical name is formally written, it includes the genus, the specific epithet, followed by the author's name (or names.) Since many plants were named by the same person, their names are frequently abbreviated. For example, plants authored by Carl Linne (Linnaeus) are frequently cited as simply "L."

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