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spe·cif·ic ep·i·thet

in bacteriology, the second part of the name of a species; it is not, by itself, a name; the name of a bacterial species consists of two parts, the generic name and the specific epithet.

specific epithet

n.
The uncapitalized Latin adjective or noun that follows a capitalized genus name in binomial nomenclature and serves to distinguish a species from others in the same genus, as saccharum in Acer saccharum (sugar maple). Also called trivial name.
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Son are found on the margins of the pinnules, hence the specific epithet, marginalis.
The specific epithet means "blunt" referring to the tips of the pinnules.
The specific epithet commemorates Roelof van den Bosch, a nineteenth century botanist who studied filmy ferns.
The specific epithet is a misnomer based on an early drawing with a large, exaggerated rachis (Nelson 2000).
The specific epithet may refer to the flexible leaf stalks (petioles).
The specific epithet alludes to the wing-shaped fronds or possibly to the fiddleheads resemblance to an eagle's foot.
The specific epithet refers to the lack of a well developed creeping rootsystem; thus the plant is "footless" (Snyder and Bruce 1986).
The specific epithet of this species refers to the finger-like appearance of the branchlets.