Linnean System of Flowers

Linnean System of Flowers

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Caption: Plate from 18th century encyclopedia showing the Linnean system of flowers. Linneaus's classes and orders of plants, according to his Systema Sexuale, were never intended to represent natural groups (as opposed to his ordines naturales in his Philosophia Botanica) but only for use in identification. They were used for that purpose well into the nineteenth century.

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Keywords: biological, biology, classes of plants, encyclopedia, linneaus, order of plants, plants, systema sexuale

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