There has been a lot of banter on the forums about common names. I am of the opinion that common names are just that--names thought up by ordinary folk to describe plants in the way they know how. We use formal Latin botanical names to discuss plants in the detailed way as botanists. These names are studied, published and subjected to the scrutiny of other botanists, so that we can attempt to use the most precise names. This review attempts to give each plant its own precise unique name. Many visitors to the forums have very little knowledge of botanical nomenclature. They will naturally use the common names they know, as I would call a caribou a caribou, not having much knowledge of zoological nomenclature. These will be confusing and it may be good to try to clarify the confusion. I am not yet willing to buy into the idea that there are any standard common names or any authority that is widely accepted to determine which names are correct. There is certainly discussion to be had about this of course. I am concerned that the arguments on this topic confuse the casual visitor and don't help us spread knowledge about plants. I don't have a problem with discussion of common names--I think it is interesting. I just feel that there is no commonly accepted authority on these names and that is evident by the great amount of disagreement one sees about the terms on these forums. I expect thoughtful respectful replies to my thread.