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Re: Amorphophallus titanum

  • Subject: Re: Amorphophallus titanum
  • From: "John" <criswick@spiceisle.com>
  • Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2011 15:32:16 -0400

Curiously, the slang word “bite” in French, for “penis”, is feminine.


However, this is not the point.  A Latin scholar is required to tell us why some epithets end in us and others in um.


I have already asked one.




From: aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com [mailto:aroid-l-bounces@www.gizmoworks.com] On Behalf Of E.Vincent Morano
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 3:06 AM
To: Discussion of aroids
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus titanum


Well we know what a phallus is right? There just isnt any other way of saying it.

I refuse to participate in the recession,
Erin Vincent Morano

--- On Thu, 2/3/11, Eduardo Gomes Goncalves <eduardo.goncalves@inhotim.org.br> wrote:

From: Eduardo Gomes Goncalves <eduardo.goncalves@inhotim.org.br>
Subject: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus titanum
To: "Discussion of aroids" <aroid-l@www.gizmoworks.com>
Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:34 AM

Dear fellows, 


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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