Re: What's in a name?

Phil (
Thu, 02 Nov 1995 22:53:57 GMT

> >There are some other good orange flowered species such as
> >D. echinoblastus, D. leucoblastus and even an orange flowered D. pulchella.
> The name _D.echinoblastus_ is already a somewhat ugly combination. A
> substantival epithet (only as such it is acceptable) is at least not
> elegant if an adjectival one (like in _D.leucoblasta_, published 128 years
> earlier) is possible. But the MARCHANT & LOWRIE name is still valid in this
> rather clumsy form.
> However, "D.leucoblast*us*" really hurts at least in my eyes. The original
> (and correct) spelling is _D.leucoblasta_ (_Drosera_ is female, the epithet
> is adjectival). Please use the original form. Thank you very much.
> Kind regards
> Jan


Sorry about the mistake. Too many "blastus'" and "blastas" together.
Hope your eyes have recovered now. Personally I would rather get on
with the (more serious?) business of growing the things rather than
arguing about their names.