In a message dated 3/30/04 10:29:38 AM Eastern Standard Time, Jim McKenney wrote: It's not my life goal to "correct" clueless people who say ny-fof'-ee-ah or el-scholtz'-ee-ah or ah-jer-ray'-tum. I've always been the rare individual, such as in a class while in grade school, who'd say to a teacher "no, I don't know what you mean", at risk of everyone ridiculing me for admitting to not knowing the answer to the question. Two of the three examples you cite coincide closely with the way I'd say the genus name. The insinuation is, the phonetic examples you site illustrates "clueless blunders". If you can bear it, please supply the elucidating fact, how should these three genera be sounded? Mark McDonough Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States firstname.lastname@example.org "New England" USDA Zone 5 ============================================== >> web site under construction - http://www.plantbuzz.com/ << alliums, bulbs, penstemons, hardy hibiscus, western american alpines, iris, plants of all types!