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681editorial© 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.© 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.Twenty-first century botanyThe recent International Botanical Congress in Shenzhen was the largest meeting in its history. That a gathering rooted in the superficially traditional science of taxonomy is thriving in the age of genomics and biotechnology shows the strength and adaptability of modern botany and botanists.What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,By any other name would smell as sweet.Romeo and Juliet Act 2: Scene IIWilliam ShakespeareJuliet’s famous lament can be seen as an argument against nomenclature; but names cannot be so easily dismissed as arbitrary combinations of syllables. Neither Romeo nor Juliet can escape their names as both ‘Capulet’ and ‘Montague’ tell of the lovers’ ancestry and the history of enmity that it holds.Names and ancestry may not have been uppermost in the minds of all t...