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In botany, a section (Latin: Sectio{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is a taxonomic rank below the genus, but above the species.<ref name="Stuessy">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The subgenus, if present, is higher than the section, and the rank of series, if present, is below the section. Sections may in turn be divided into subsections. <ref>Article 4 in {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>

Sections are typically used to help organise very large genera, which may have hundreds of species.<ref name="Stuessy"/> A botanist wanting to distinguish groups of species may prefer to create a taxon at the rank of section or series to avoid making new combinations, i.e. many new binomial names for the species involved.<ref name="Stuessy"/>

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