Learn the Latin: Good advice!

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Learn the Latin

By Xeramtheum
October 26, 2014

Learning Latin names is not as difficult as you might think. A little at a time, we can learn the Latin names of our plants and avoid quite a bit of confusion.

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Name: Greene
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greene
Oct 25, 2014 8:15 PM CST
Good advice. Thumbs up
For the past several years I've been learning the botanical names and it does save a lot of mistakes; also makes research much easier.

But please, don't ask me to say the botanical names aloud (remembering my error - I was a dope pronouncing Liriope *Blush* ., now I see it rhymes with calliope. ) as my pronunciation is probably way off from accurate.

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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Oct 26, 2014 3:40 AM CST
I agree but one should note there are no hard and fast rules for pronouncing Latin.
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Xeramtheum
Oct 26, 2014 7:31 AM CST
Thanks! Like Greene says, pronunciation is actually harder than learning how to spell them sometimes.
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mellielong
Oct 26, 2014 1:24 PM CST
Greene, down in FL we say Liriope like "lye-rope-ee". I usually pronounce Latin names like I would a Spanish word. I mean, Spanish is a romance language based on Latin, so I can't be that far off, right? Hilarious!

Learning Latin names isn't just good for gardeners. My dad is a woodturner and not only do trees have common names that are the same, but they also have common names for wood that are the same! Dad said ironwood is a good example; it can mean several different trees. Luckily, he's got some good resources including the International Wood Collectors group. These people literally just collect little rectangle-size pieces (Dad says they have to be 3x5 and 1/4 inch thick) of various woods. And they're pretty militant about knowing which exact species they have. I think they trade them like Pokemon cards or something. And they gotta catch 'em all! It's also important to know which kind of plant or tree you're dealing with if you have allergies. There are several woods that Dad has to be careful turning because they contain certain chemicals that you don't want to inhale or get on your skin.
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Xeramtheum
Oct 26, 2014 1:52 PM CST
Whilst living in England I discovered that ClemATus is pronounced CLEMatis and aNEMonee is ANIMonee. I discovered quickly that the English are very militant about correct pronunciation when it comes to plants.
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