names of people and plants

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 10 Apr 2003 20:23:59 PDT
I like to honour the person whose name is commemorated by pronouncing 
a plant name like the person's name.  So, since Clivia was named for 
Clive, I use a long i.

People think I'm a bit strange when I talk about MacAdamia nuts 
instead of Maca dame ia nuts.

You can't always tell about names, though.  Some of our common 
Pacific Coast plants were named for Menzies, but apparently in 
Scotland, where he came from, his name is pronounced something like 
'Mingies', and I'm not sure whether that should be a hard or soft g. 
I still pronounce the z.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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