Haemanthus and Scadoxus Culture

Michael Benedito jindegales@yahoo.co.uk
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:33:55 PDT
Forgive me if I am wrong, but i remember that on my taxonomy classes, it was told me that plant names dedicated to a female end with "ae" and those dedicated to males with the "ii" or "i" termination in the species epithet.

Like Dendrobium victoriae-reginae after the Queen Victoria, Mepenthes jacquelinae after Jacqueline Clarke, Aechmea mariae-reginae, etc. But I could be wrong...
And what about Haemanthuis bakerae? was it also named after a lady?

--- On Mon, 28/6/10, christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk <christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk> wrote:

> From: christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk <christopherwhitehouse@rhs.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Haemanthus and Scadoxus Culture
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Monday, 28 June, 2010, 16:56
> >The correct spelling for the Scadoxus multiflorus
> subspecies is actually >katharinea, named after Katharine
> Saunders .... Not a lot of people know >that.
> Strictly speaking the spelling would need to be katherineae
> if that was the case, but as the name Katherine is derived
> from the Greek, it is probably fine to decline it and use
> katherinae (which is how Baker originally spelt it). 
> It is one of those areas that the Botanical Code is less
> than clear on and the arguments either way could probably go
> on and on.  I think as the spelling has always been
> known as katherinae and the correct way is debatable, we
> should probably stick with that.
> Chris
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