In order to provide consistency in the format of common names, data should be entered according to the following protocols.
- 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 – http://www.bonap.org/Help/Common%20Names.htm.
- 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.
- Special circumstances or situations may require an informed judgment based on longstanding practices and/or common name usage in different geographic areas.