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Taxonomy is the method by which scientists, conservationists, and naturalists classify and organize the vast diversity of living things on this planet in an effort to understand the evolutionary relationships between them. Modern taxonomy originated in the mid-1700s when Swedish-born Carolus Linnaeus (also known as Carl Linnaeus or Carl von Linné) published his multi-volume Systema naturae, outlining his new and revolutionary method for classifying and, especially, naming living organisms. 

The scientific names of taxonomic units are treated, under the Code, as Latin name, irrespective of their etymology.


Overspecific taxon names are obtained from a genus name typically plus these endings:

Taxon Cormophytes and bryophytes
Superdivision - phyta
Division - phyta
Class - atae (- opsida)
Subclass - idae
Order - ales
Family - aceae
Subfamily - oideae
Tribe - eae


Kingdom Plantae - Plants

Down one level

   Subkingdom Cormobionta (Tracheobionta) - Vascular plants