Atropurpurea?


Does anyone know the original source or reason for the designation =
'Atropurpurea' for the purple-spathed form of Pinellia tripartita?  I =
note Wilbert also picked up this epithet for his variant of Pinellia =
ternata referring to it as "Atro-purple."  Unless I'm misreading the =
botanical Latin, the translation is "hideous purple" (Atro =3D hideous, =
terrible or cruel).  Just wondering why.

Clarence




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