Scilla peruviana

Jim McKenney
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 17:04:10 PDT
Here’s another example. The late Graham Stuart Thomas, in a discussion of
winter-blooming crocuses, wrote “There are several midwinter species…But,
truly named, C. imperati lords it over all. For this is a crocus in a regal


This passage seems to suggest that Thomas thought the specific epithet meant
“imperial” or something of the sort. But the crocus is named after the
sixteenth century Italian botanist Ferrante Imperato. 


Jim McKenney

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