Details of how and why authorities for the scientific names of plants are cited can be found in most textbooks of plant taxonomy, such as the one by Radford et al. (1974), or in Appendix 1 of the Judd et al. (2008) textbook. Many floras, manuals, and checklists (e.g. Muskoka Flora, from which this text is adapted) provide lists of authority abbreviations together with the complete names (and sometimes biographical and other information) of the individuals concerned. The standard list of author names and their abbreviations can be accessed on the International Plant Names Index (IPNI) web site.
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