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Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) Blooming

twinflower 243Carl Linnaeus, known as the “Father of Modern Taxonomy,” came up with the binomial (Genus, species) naming system for plants in the mid-1700’s. During his lifetime he named close to 8,000 plants (as well as animals, including Homo sapiens). Linnaeus used many of his supporters and detractors as inspiration for naming plants. The most beautiful of plants were often named in honor of his supporters and his detractors often supplied the names of common weeds or unattractive plants. Twinflower, Linnaea borealis, was reported to be Linnaeus’s favorite plant, and was named by his close friend and teacher Jan Frederik Gronovius in honor of Linnaeus.