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A quick question. I've just had a tree identified as Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring-tree). In looking through the web I see that many sources call the species a "Wayfaring Tree" without the hyphen.
I can see the idea that, for similarly-named types of species, a comma works well for information classification purposes e.g. (if they existed) the Green Wayfaring-tree and the Lesser-spotted Wayfaring-tree. However it just looks plain wrong to see a simple species using a hyphen when it is in fact just a Wayfaring Tree.
I feel like I've stumbled onto some sort of war between the hyphenists and non-hyphenists, and at some point I guess the usage and style may have changed. I know that common names aren't as important as Latin species names, but it would still be nice to have some form of uniformity so that we can all talk to each other in English the same way we can talk to each other in Latin.
So, in a nut shell (nut-shell), can anyone explain why some hyphenate Wayfaring-tree and others don't?