All Things Gardening forum: The Meanings of Latin Plant Names

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 5, 2013 2:13 PM CST
Learn it. Memorize it. Be smart.

"The purpose of the Latin or botanical name of plants is to provide some information about a particular plant that distinguishes it from other plants. The adjective applied to the plant, the specific epithet, is often helpful in describing the plant. The specific epithet can tell us the colour of the flowers, the height of the plant, whether the leaves are long and thin or short and fat, whether the plant is prickly, where it comes from (which might give us a clue as to how hardy it is), what sort of conditions it occurs in naturally, how big it is, whether it's a climber or whether it's creeping, whether it's deciduous, has a bulb, is edible - or whatever else the person who found it thought most remarkable, noteworthy and unique about it. "

http://theseedsite.co.uk/latin.html
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Sep 5, 2013 2:19 PM CST
So true…I bookmarked this so I can go back and study…Thanks for the link! Thumbs up
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Composter Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis
Plumerias Ponds Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 5, 2013 2:32 PM CST
Here's a site that will boggle your mind!

http://alumnus.caltech.edu/~hollin/botany/latin/dictionary.h...
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener Garden Sages Birds Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
Dragonflies Butterflies Hummingbirder Orchids Container Gardener Garden Procrastinator
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terrafirma
Sep 5, 2013 4:33 PM CST
Wow, you're right! Blinking
Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Sep 6, 2013 4:56 AM CST
I'm with you Tara. I added it to my favorites list. Thanks for sharing Cheryl Smiling

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