Articles | Volume 56, issue 3
01 Sep 2007
 | 01 Sep 2007

The difference between pollen types and plant taxa: a plea for clarity and scientific freedom

Pim De Klerk and Dr. Hans Joosten

Abstract. This paper discusses the character of pollen types. We argue that pollen types and plant taxa are completely different entities (morphological and taxonomical respectively) and therefore should be treated and displayed differently. Common problems in conventional pollen type nomenclature are illustrated with examples from present day European palynological practice. We plead for clarity in pollen type nomenclature and for the scientific freedom to use 'unconventional' methods to avoid confusion.