Puzzle Corner: What's in a Name?
Just before I started blogging, I began a distance learning planting design/RHS course. The facilities included a discussion room so we students could interact with each other no matter where we were.
8pm on Tuesdays soon became the favoured slot for those of us who'd started the course around the same time. The only topic I remember we talked about at length was getting to grips with Latin names. We all found it very difficult, but as we hailed from Spain, Sweden, Italy and France - as well as Britain - we agreed we needed to persevere so we all could understand exactly which plants we were talking about.
I soon dropped the course in favour of blogging (as I was learning more and having fun), but I've continued to persevere with Latin as it's so fascinating. There are a whole host of clues waiting to be unravelled, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle and cryptic crossword combined. Solve the puzzle and you gain all kinds of insight about what the plant looks like, its origin, or even who discovered it.
I've had lots of fun putting together a botanical Latin quiz for the latest Puzzle Corner. It's in 2 parts, with this week's quiz covering A to M. Can you match the names with their meanings? I'll give you the answers next Friday - the pictures at the top of this post are examples from my garden to give you some clues.
|dioicus||from the Greek for milk and flower|
|Echinops/Echinacea||with pointed leaves|
|Galanthus||like a rush|
|hirsuta||from a group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea|
|jonquilla||having male and female organs on separate plants|
|kermisinus||from the Greek word for hedgehog|
|lanatus||having a circle of bracts around the flowers|
|mollis||carmine or purplish red|
Have fun and see you next week!