Thanks to the convergence of powerful computers, molecular phylogenetics and statistical techniques, a tsunami of change is being experienced in the field of plant systematics. The understanding of the evolutionary relationships between different plants continues to advance, and as that occurs, the conventions scientists use to communicate about the plants must change. Since the names of plant taxa (a grouping of related plants, e.g., similar species or similar families) are one of those conventions, used to symbolically represent relationships between different groups, advancing knowledge often means scientific name changes.
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