Botanical Latin

J.E. Shields
Thu, 11 Dec 2008 06:42:55 PST
I always enjoy these discussion of Botanical Latin.  Has anyone noticed 
that some botanists transliterate the (English) "V" sound from Russian as 
"w" in names?  Other times as "v" of course.

Some examples:
Corydalis turczaninowii
Corydalis kusnetzovii
Fritillaria walujewii  (What nationality was Mr. Walujew?  How is that 
pronounced in Anglophone countries?  In Germany? In Slavic countries?)
Iris winogradowii
Arum korolkowii
Galanthus krasnovii

Does the code say anything about which spelling might be preferred?  I 
assume that the pronunciation of the final botanical name would be the 
same, whether spelled with v or with w, but   I also wonder along with Jim 
McK.:  like "v" or like "f" ?

Jim Shields
in cold central Indiana (USA), where we have had plenty of sub-freezing 
weather already.

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