Re: Unknown 132 (large-leaved aroids)

On Tue, 8 Jul 1997, eduardo gomes goncalves wrote:

> On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Steve Marak wrote:
> > Eduardo, Clarence, Julius, and Dick all agree that Unknown 132 is
> > Xanthosoma violacea...
> I disagree... The unknown 132 is a Xanthosoma violaceum!!!!  (Let's keep 
> our botanical Latin sharp)  ;-)
> Best Wishes,
> Eduardo. 

Since I follow the TAXACOM list and therefore know that even the simplest
question can start a debate among taxonomists and systematists that rages
on for weeks, I hesitate to ask ... but still ...

Given the number of times I have seen specific endings change to match
changes in genera, or corrections of specific endings - such as Smilacena
racemosa, which became Maianthemum racemosum (and S. stellata, now M.
stellatum), what is special about the naming in Xanthosoma what the name
should be X. violaceum rather than X. violacea? I seem to recall someone
being taken to task on another list recently for *not* automatically
making such an ending-change.

Since this question involves botanical Latin, perhaps I should ask for
only the first 1,000 opinions! (Yes, that's a joke.)

Curious rather than doubting,


-- Steve Marak

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