As most gardeners know, Linnaeus (above) standardized the system of naming, ranking and classifying organisms back in the 18th century. At the time, Latin was the language of science and that's why all of us call our plants by long Latin names. But, as of the first of this year, scientists are no longer restricted to Botanical Latin when classifying plants, algae and fungi, according to a story in the online version of Science News, the Magazine of the Society for Science & the Public.
The article notes that "the latest revision of the international code governing these names allows two new options: skipping paper publishing and describing key features in English instead of Latin. You can read all about why the change is being made now and what it means here.