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Hemphills Garden and Aquatic Center
     

Aquatic Plants at Hemphill's Garden & Aquatic Center
in Fallston, Maryland, Harford County

 

What is a genus and what is a species?

Taxonomy is the scientific classification of organisms.  Plant and animal taxonomy is arranged in a hierarchy, from phylum down to species.

    Phylum or Division
    Class
    Order
    Family
    Genus
    Species

Aquatic Plants
  • A species is a group of individuals that do not successfully interbreed with individuals of other groups.
  • A genus is a group of closely related species.
  • In scientific names, the first word is the genus name, and the second word denotes the species. Thus, in the example, Eleocharis baldwinii, Eleocharis is the genus name, and Eleocharis baldwinii is the species name.
  • The term, Eleocharis spp., refers to all 150 species in the Eleocharis genus.

 

 

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