Re: Origins of the name "Dionaea"

From: Michael Vanecek (
Date: Thu Nov 04 1999 - 15:17:18 PST

Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 17:17:18 -0600
From: Michael Vanecek <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg3706$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Origins of the name "Dionaea"

Looks like he was drunk and mixed his latin up. Because of that we're
calling a plant Dionaea muscipula rather than Dionaea muscaria - I
wonder how many other slips there are in the naming convention...

"Richard L. Wagner" wrote:
> > Muscipula derives from "mus" and "capio". Mus means "mouse" and
> > capio means "I capture", so the plant is in fact Venus's Mousetrap,
> > not, I say again, not flytrap (which would have to be written in
> > Latin as "muscaria"). John Ellis attempted to popularise the plant
> > as Venus's Mousetrap although he personally published both Venus's
> > Fly Trap and Venus's Mouse Trap as "trivial" names before anyone
> > else did, but for reasons we no longer know this name never became
> > popular, so we are stuck with the name flytrap.
> Does this mean that the common housefly, Musca domestica was also
> named after the mouse?
> Dick Wagner

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