Re: While Stearn was open..........
The message <Pine.A184.108.40.2060118190031.62031Aemail@example.com>
from Don Burns <firstname.lastname@example.org> contains these words:
> When I had Stearn off the shelf and open tonight, I tried to determine
> meanings for the names Dracontium and Dracontioides. Stearn did not
> have a solution for me, at least none that I could find. Both genera have
> species with hooded spathes. Is this a clue?
> Don Burns Plantation, FL USA Zone 10b
Both have as their roots the Greek draco - dragon. Dracontium is an
ancient Greek plant name used for plant coloured like a serpent or
dragon. Dracontioides signals that the plants resembles Dracontium.
Dr Charles Nelson
Tippitiwitchet Cottage, Hall Road, OUTWELL PE14 8PE, Wisbech, UK
tel [+ 44] 01945 773057. fax [+ 44] 1945 774077
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