Last Updated: February 16, 2017

Definition - What does Genus mean?

Genus is a generic term used in the classification of living organisms or binomial nomenclature. This term is a taxonomic rank below the family and above the species of the biological organism.

In the contexts of botany, genus is a taxonomic group that classifies more than one species of plants that are closely related in characteristics.

MaximumYield explains Genus

The term genus is derived from the Latin word, genus, which means origin, and its root gen- means to produce. Genus refers to the generic name or generic epithet of an organism. The size of the genera of the plant species can vary as a genus can contain a single species of plant up to around 1,000 species of plants.

Some examples of plant genera include Begonia and Acacia. In the context of plant care, usually most plants within the same genus need the same environmental conditions suitable for plant growth. If the genus of a plant is known, the information can be used to apply the appropriate levels of plant care.

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