Models of Cannabis Taxonomy, Cultural Bias, and Conflicts between Scientific and Vernacular Names

  title={Models of Cannabis Taxonomy, Cultural Bias, and Conflicts between Scientific and Vernacular Names},
  author={John M. McPartland and Geoffrey W. Guy},
  journal={The Botanical Review},
Debates over Cannabis sativa L. and C. indica Lam. center on their taxonomic circumscription and rank. This perennial puzzle has been compounded by the viral spread of a vernacular nomenclature, “Sativa” and “Indica,” which does not correlate with C. sativa and C. indica. Ambiguities also envelop the epithets of wild-type Cannabis: the spontanea versus ruderalis debate (i.e., vernacular “Ruderalis”), as well as another pair of Cannabis epithets, afghanica and kafirstanica. To trace the rise of… 

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