Plant Diversity ›› 2014, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (02): 142-144.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201413077

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“Areal-type” is a Wrongly Coined Term in Floristic Geography

 YANG  Qin-Er   

  1. Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden,
    Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China
  • Received:2013-04-03 Online:2014-03-25 Published:2013-11-19


Since 1991, the word ‘arealtype’ has been frequently appearing in the literature of Chinese floristic geography. This word, which was originally intended to denote ‘area type’ or ‘distribution type’, is actually a wrongly coined term in English, very likely derived from the German word ‘Arealtyp’.

Key words: Distribution type, English equivalent, Floristic geography, Scientific terminology

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