Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Famous Botanist

This time of the year is a reminder of the famous Swedish botanist  Carolus Linnaeus who died in 1778.  He is famous because he realized the chaos in the scientific community with the system of naming plants and animals that other scientists were using and realized a better way was needed.  He brilliantly developed the binomial system of naming plants and animals with the Genus species system that group plants and animals with similiar features together under one genus.

I'm reminded of him when on roadside walks or sunny dry open areas in the forests because of the dainty little flower called Twin flower or Linnae borealis named after him.  It's a small shrubby plant that stays very close to the ground  and puts up nice little stalks of twin flowers.  It is said to be one of Linnaeus's favourite plants. Grizzly

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