Each scientific name is composed of two words, both italicized or
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.
is the genus name, chosen by Linnaeus to honor two French botanists who
are twin brothers, with reference to the two equal lobes in leaves of this
- 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.
is the botanist who named this species.