SEINet Taxon Profile Editor’s guidelines

Common Names

In order to provide consistency in the format of common names, data should be entered according to the following protocols. 

  1. Follow the hyphenation and spacing guidelines recommended by Kartesz, J.T. and J.W. Thieret. 1991. Common names for Vascular Plants: Guidelines for Use and Application. Sida 14(3): 421-434. These are available on the BONAP website –
  2. The first letter of each word should be capitalized viewing them as “official” English names composed of proper nouns and adjectives. See individual species entries in BONAP for numerous examples.
  3. Special circumstances or situations may require an informed judgment based on longstanding practices and/or common name usage in different geographic areas.