A good point.
The suffix -um is neutral and
it fits to all grammatic genera:
Also feminine botanical genera species epithet can
end with -um,
the examples are: Arisaema
triphyllum, Alocasia scalprum, Aglaonema commutatum, Syngonium
But indeed, I have never heard
another construction like Amorphophallus titanum.
I always wondered why Alocasia
macrorrhizos is a proper name, the epithet is of Greek
and I don't know why it is named so. The
suffix -os is masculine in Greek, and Alocasia is
And what do you think about the name
I can't find anywhere what is the gender of the
word "spadix". Isn't it feminine?
There is also one important note,
many people erroneously take genera ending
with -is as masculine, but it is feminine,
Ariopsis peltata or in other families
Iris pumila, Clematis lanuginosa etc.
Also the genera ending with -as are feminine:
Anubias gigantea, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Cycas revoluta.
But... the pine tree, Pinus seems to be a
masculine word, and we have Pinus sylvestris, P. excelsa, P.
while some other species of pine end usually
with -us: like Pinus strobus.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 4:34
Subject: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus
I have a silly (but important) question for you. As far as I know,
Amophophallus is a masculine word, am I correct?
In Latin, except for the name of traditional trees (Malus, Pyrus, etc),
all names ended in -us are male names. So it is correct to say that all
adjective epithets in Amorphophallus species end with -us (A.
gomboczianus, A. hirsutus, A lunatus, A. glaucophyllus, etc).
Why Amophophallus titanum is not A. titanus? Other species with a similar
epithet (I don't remember none in plant kingdom, but I know Dorcus titanus - a
beetle)... Wilbert, do you have any reason for this?
Very best wishes,
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