Binomen Art

The binomial naming system is a formal, internationally agreed upon set of rules for naming species of organisms, i.e., plants and animals, both living and extinct. An organism's name is comprised of two parts: a generic name representing a genus and specific name that uniquely represents the species within the genus. The binomial name is an essential part of Linnaean taxonomy, a rank-based classification system that groups organisms based on shared characteristics. There are taxonomic alternatives, however, Linnaean taxonomy remains extremely useful and has widespread acceptance.

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fascinated with plants. I would have pick up nuts, twigs, leaves - you name it - and arrange them on the ground or in my bedroom. As an adult, I became interested in the scientific and common names of plants, as well as their etymologies. Binomen art represents a blending of childhood and adulthood interests. These temporary designs are my way of honoring a plant, its uses, and its place in the world. The first binomen art design was in 2011 in the Galápagos Islands, where I was so taken with mangrove trees.

I find inspiration for binomen art designs everywhere because plants are everywhere. Some of the designs are created at home, in the kitchen or backyard, while others are created in-situ, where the plant is growing.


Binomen Art - Mangrove


Binomen Art - Sporobolus virginicus


Binomen Art - Crassula ovata


Binomen Art - Scaevola plumieri


Binomen Art - Scalesia


Binomen Art - Trachycarpus fortunei


Binomen Art - Pieris japonica


Binomen Art - Camellia


Binomen Art - Carica payapa


Binomen Art - Azara microphylla


Binomen Art - Cycas revoluta


Binomen Art - Fouquieria splendens


Binomen Art - Rosmarinus

Binomen Art - Tillandsia usneoides
Binomen Art - Tillandsia usneoides


Binomen Art - Cherimoya (Annona)


Binomen Art - Helleborus


Binomen Art - Cornus omeiense


Binomen Art - Yucca


Binomen Art - Cocos


Binomen Art - Punica (Pomegranate)


Binomen Art - Vitis (Grape)


Binomen Art - Dactylopius


Binomen Art - Opuntia


Binomen Art - Lantana


Binomen Art - Mangifera


Binomen Art – Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit)


Binomen Art – Pinus (Pine)


Binomen Art – Larix (Larch)


Binomen Art - Brassica


Binomen Art - Ficus


Binomen Art - Phoenix


Binomen Art – Citrus


Binomen Art – Helictotrichon


Binomen Art – Acer


Binomen Art – Vaccinium


Binomen Art – Ficus carica


Binomen Art – Salsola soda


Binomen Art – Posidonia oceanica

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