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Why are botanical names changing?

Looking for a plant? Can't seem to find it listed? That plant probably has a new name. And why? Using modern techniques, botanists and taxonomists have the ability to more closely examine plants for reclassification. The hoped-for end result is stability of names.

Here are some changes to keep an eye out for:

OLD BOTANIC NAME CORRECT BOTANIC NAME
Actinomeris alternifolia Verbesina alternifolia
Aster azureus Symphyotrichum oolentangiense
Aster divaricatus Eurybia divaricata
Aster ericoides Symphyotrichum ericoides
Aster laevis Symphyotrichum laeve
Aster lateriflorus Symphyotrichum lateriflorum
Aster linarifolius Ionactis linariifolius
Aster macrophyllus Eurybia macrophylla
Aster novae-angliae Symphyotrichum novae-angliae
Aster oblongifolius Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Aster ptarmicoides Oligoneuron album
Aster puniceus Symphyotrichum puniceum
Aster sericeus Symphyotrichum sericeum
Aster shortii Symphyotrichum shortii
Aster umbellatus Doellingeria umbellata
Baptisia leucantha Baptisia alba
Baptisia leucophaea Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea
Bolboschoenus fluviatilis Scirpus fluviatilis
Cacalia atriplicifolia Arnoglossum atriplicifolium

OLD BOTANIC NAME CORRECT BOTANIC NAME
Campanula americana Campanulastrum americanum
Cacalia atriplicifolia Arnoglossum atriplicifolium
Cacalia suaveolens Hasteola suaveolens
Campanula americana Campanulastrum americanum
Dicentra spectabalis spp. Lamprocapnos spectabalis spp.
Eupatorium maculatum Eupatoriadelphus maculatus
Eupatorium purpureum  Eutrochium purpureum
Eupatorium rugose Ageratina altissima
Eupatorium rugosum Ageratina altissima
Gillenia trifoliata Porteranthus trifoliatus
Smilacina caremose Maianthemum racemosa
Scirpus acutus Schoenoplectus acutus
Scirpus fluviatilis Schoenoplectus fluviatilis
Scirpus pungens Schoenoplectus pungens
Scirpus validus Schoenoplectus tabernaemontani
Solidago graminifolia Euthamia graminifolia
Solidago ohioensis Oligoneuron ohioense
Solidago riddelli Oligoneuron riddelli