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Jul 23, 2016 5:11 PM CST
|I was wondering if there was a way to add the name "maguey" to all entries in the agaves. This is the Mexican Spanish term for an agave, and many/most agaves are of Mexican origin. Even the agaves which are not would be found in Spanish speaking areas. |
If you were to talk to a person on the street in Mexico, "maguey" is the word you would use to describe an agave.
Here is the parent listing for the genus. I'm not quite sure how the names might be updated in a general way to include this alternate name.
Can anyone help? Is this too over-reaching an idea to start with? Appreciate your input.
Jul 25, 2016 12:22 PM CST
|Sorry this slipped through the cracks for a couple of days. Maguey has now been added as a common name to all of the Agave entries.|
Jul 25, 2016 1:44 PM CST
Aug 11, 2016 12:45 PM CST
|In a similar vein, the Mexican Spanish word for a barrel cactus is "biznaga" or "bisnaga" (same pronunciation, used interchangeably). The former spelling is what appears in my two guide books for native plants. The word comes from the Nahuatl (indigenous language of Mexico). It would be great if "biznaga" could be added to all Ferocactus entries, since that's the word you would use to refer to them when talking to somebody on the street. The plants are native to Mexico and the SW US.|
Here is the parent entry, which has the alternate spelling. The individual species I checked do not have this name. Can you help?
Barrel cactus (Ferocactus)
Aug 11, 2016 1:29 PM CST
|This one's a different case because it isn't a "parent" plant. It's just the generic entry, and the information added to a generic entry is not automatically copied to all of the "child" plants, so I can't accomplish this simply by adding an extra common name. The plant data for every entry in a genus can be edited to add or delete data in one fell swoop, but there's no tool for editing the name of every entry at once. It would be a special programming task. You can ask @dave to do this, or you can treat it as a rainy-day chore and add the common names to each entry one by one.|
Aug 11, 2016 1:33 PM CST
|Happy to add it to individual entries. Thank you for the explanation.|