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Pinus strobus L.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Pinus strobus in Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1001 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile.
   today: The current name for this species is Pinus strobus L.


original Latin description
Pinus foliis quinis scabris.

English translation
Pinus with leaves five together [and] scabrous.


English translation with commentary
Pinus Pinus
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
five together quinis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective quini, -ae, -a; agrees with foliis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
scabrous. scabris - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective scaber, scabra, scabrum; modifies foliis



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