RE: amorphophallus campanulatus and arum campanulatum

From: on behalf of nancy swell
Sent: 	Tuesday, July 29, 1997 11:08 AM
To: 	Julius Boos
Subject: 	RE: amorphophallus campanulatus and arum campanulatum

>Peter Boyce suggests looking at "Prime, C. T. (1960).   Lords and ladies.  
>Collins, London.", as he says-- "Numerous theories have been put forward
as to 
>the meaning of the word (Prime, 1960)."

>>I think Peter was referring to what the "Lords & Ladies" did in their spare
time! The flower being a pretty good indicator.<<

Dear Nancy,
No, the "Lords and Ladies" name came about (Bown,pg. 70) because the spadix in 
some plants was a rich burgundy, the color of Noblemen`s gowns, while the 
spadix of other plants was sometimes yellow, the color worn by ladies!   
However, there were also MANY names given to this plant group that refered to 
what the people "did in their spare time", and not only the people, but their 
Priests, and even the family pet, the dog !
Hopefully, D. Bowns book "Aroids, plants of the Arum family" will soon be 
available again so that we can all be educated in the common names of this 
interesting plant !

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