Albert Gottfried Dietrich created the genus Picea in part 2 of his 1824 Flora der Gegend um Berlin. In 1888, when Nathaniel Lord Britton, E. E. Sterns, and Justus F. Poggenburg (usually abbreviated as B.S.P.) “revised and corrected” the nomenclature of the Preliminary Catalogue of Anthophyta and Pteridophyta reported as growing spontaneously within one hundred miles of New York City, they moved Miller’s Abies mariana to the genus Picea (page 71). Therefore, the current name for this species is Picea mariana (P. Mill.) B.S.P.
Abies foliis linearibus acutis, conis minimis.
Abies with linear, acute leaves; with [the] smallest cones.
Translation with commentary
|with linear,||linearibus - ablative plural neuter of group B adjective linearis, -is, -e; modifies foliis|
|acute||acutis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective acutus, -a, -um; modifies foliis|
|leaves;||foliis - ablative plural of 2nd declension neuter noun folium, -i|
|with [the] smallest||minimis - ablative plural masculine of the superlative degree (minimus, -a, -um) of group A adjective parvus, -a, -um; modifies conis|
|cones.||conis - ablative plural of 2nd declension masculine noun conus, -i|