Question about Naked Ladies

Bracey Tiede
Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:49:04 PST
Funny you mention Calla.  Bob Raabe, UC Berkeley plant pathology whiz,
lectures the UCCE Master Gardeners on plant diseases.  He always points out
the fallacy of the 'calla lily' name.  Many of our MGs are Latin-phobic too.


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On Behalf Of J.E. Shields
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2007 12:31 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Question about Naked Ladies

Thanks you, Bracey.

I just looked out my window into my greenhouse, and there was another fine 
example of a common name:  a "Calla Lily" is in bloom.  That is, a 
Zantedeschia hybrid, looking mostly like Z. aethiopica, is in bloom at this 
odd time of year.  It is neither a Calla nor a Lily.  Calla is a genus 
including the rare Calla palustris, an endangered species from Tamarack 
bogs in Northern Indiana.  Zantedeschia, like C. palustris, is in the Arum 
Family, but Zantedeschia is native to Southern Africa.

Jim Shields

At 12:09 PM 12/20/2007 -0800, you wrote:
>Mock orange is my nomination.
>Binomials rule!  I really like the analogy of learning your friends' names.
>Bracey Tiede

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