Puzzle Corner: Answers to What's in a Name Part 2
How did you get on with part 2 of my Latin quiz? Here are the answers with some examples from my garden, as are the items marked *, also pictured above.
|nemorosus||growing in woods||Anemone nemorosa|
|officinalis||used in medicine||Salvia officinalis*|
|pleniflorus||double flowers||Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora'*|
|quamash||from the native American for sweet||Camassia quamash|
|rigescens||rather stiff||Diascia rigescens|
|sativus||sown, planted, cultivated||Crocus sativus|
|Tulipa||from the Turkish for turban||Tulipa tarda|
|uva-crispa||curly grape||Ribes uva-crispa*|
|wherryi||named after an American scientist
(Edgar Wherry 1885-1982)**
|xanthocarpus||with yellow fruit||Sorbus aucuparia var. xanthocarpa|
|yedoensis||from Tokyo||Prunus X yedoensis|
|zonalis||with a distinct band of a different colour||Pelargonium zonale|
** = an apt choice in this International Year of Soils as he was a soil scientist and botanist.
I'm crossing my fingers these names and examples don't change. With the advent of DNA analysis to sit alongside the taxonimists' usual tools of a dissection kit, microscope and observational work, many of our garden-worthy plants have been reclassified and renamed lately.
For example, it's taken me years to remember the new name for the Dicentra spectabilis in my garden is Lamprocapnos spectabilis. It doesn't help that many of the other Dicentra have stayed where they are and many of the plant sellers have stuck with the name Dicentra too.
I finally found a way of fixing the name in my brain whilst devising this quiz. Lamprocapnos = a picture in my head of 'our Spanish professional lamp wearing a cap' i.e. nos = Spanish for our, professional = pro and the lamp and cap are self explanatory. Don't ask me how, but it works!