Pronunciation of botanical names

Elizabeth Waterman
Mon, 09 Dec 2002 19:55:55 PST
Thank you all for your comments about pronouncing latin. Now I will never, ever correct anyone else's pronunciation. I particularly found valuable pronouncing each syllable.

I have a question on pronunciation somewhat related to this discussion, but it's the name of a tree under which some bulbs grow.  Jacaranda. I don't think the word is either Latin or Greek.  Now I've heard Jacaranda is named for a Dutch explorer and is native to Brazil.  I have heard the "J" pronounced as a j (Jack), an h (hat) because it is Spanish!! and something else that I can't remember.  Is anyone willing to comment on this?

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