For example:

Cercis, canna and catalpa are all genera of flowers

– just doesn't sound right.

How should it be used correctly?


  • 1
    That seems right to me.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jan 27, 2014 at 10:03
  • Yup, seems perfectly fine to me as well. Jan 27, 2014 at 10:31
  • Yes, according to Longman, Dictionary of Contemporary English,
    – rogermue
    Jan 27, 2014 at 13:02

1 Answer 1


Yes, according to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English the plural of genus is (Latin) genera, used especially when talking of animals or plants.

  • It's true! You just have to realize that things are never going to "sound right" if you're speaking botanical Latin.
    – Jason S
    Jan 27, 2014 at 14:54
  • Oh, ok. Then, would it be more appropriate to say "flower genera" instead of "genera of flowers"?
    – Zerium
    Jan 27, 2014 at 23:04

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