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Re: African Iris bloom!

james singer wrote:
Here's some more trivia. Linnaeus named the genus, Moraea, for his father-in-law, Johan Moraeus. And while I couldn't find a definition for "gigandra," definitions for other giga+ words were either indicators of large flowers or, more likely in this instance, I think, long stems.
In this case, it refers to the anthers; large anthers.
On Jul 30, 2006, at 10:20 AM, <sundrops@earthlink.net> wrote:

Beautiful flower! Could not let "grootflappie" pass by without a try at finding its meaning -- assume the word is Afrikaans / Dutch, and "groot" means great or big; "flappie" a bit more problematic but found an on-line dictionary which gave back the translation "flounce" (or ruffle) for "flap" in Dutch..... ???
--Barb, Grass Valley CA, where the high will be only in the high 80s today!!
Jim Fisher
Vienna, Virginia USA
38.9 N 77.2 W
USDA Zone 7
Max. 95 F [36 C], Min. 10 F [-12 C]

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