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THOSE LATIN NAMES by Frank J. McGregor
There are plants named for men
And plants named for places,
Plants named for countries
And plants names for races.
Whatever they're named for, botanical men
Prefer to write them in Latin,as when
Old Pliny first listed the flora of Rome.
Thus they are known in Paris or London,
Abroad or at home, to Chinese and Spanish,
To German and Finn, without chance of error
For buyer or seller, when in the ways of botanical men.
Digitalas, Lactuca, and names of the like hue,
Are simple as figures to men of all lands
Who deal in the flora of worlds old and new,
While foxglove and lettuce, so well known to you,
May mean nothing or anything in old Timbuktu:
But name them in Latin and they you may make
A bet that you'll get them without a mistake
Dewey E. Fisk, Plant Nut
THE PHILODENDRON PHREAQUE
Your Source for Tropical Araceae
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