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Hennahj
Jun 2, 2016 3:06 AM CST
Hi I hope this isn't a silly question but is there a way to find out who or how a plant got its name? Thanks
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purpleinopp
Jun 2, 2016 5:12 AM CST
If you are asking about botanical names, yes. Each was published at a particular date by a particular person.

If you are asking about common names, there are various amounts of info out there to be found, depending on the plant and particular nickname.
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DaisyI
Jun 2, 2016 11:50 PM CST
I hope you are talking about scientific names because common name are often silly and always misleading.

Scientific names: plant characteristics point to a particular family and genus (DNA testing has re-arranged a lot of that though). Species is often named after a person who contributed a lot to that naming/discovery (including his/her name). Then there are varieties....

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sooby
Jun 3, 2016 3:47 AM CST
This article on plant names may be of interest:

http://www.hortax.org.uk/uploa...

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