Botanical Names & Italics
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:54:14 PDT
On 16 Sep 08, at 21:50, wrote:

> Perhaps the most inconvenient and inappropriate example of a botanical name
> I have come across if that of Lilium pensylvanicum Ker-Gawler (1805) for a
> plant   Ker-Gawler mistakenly took to have come from North America because
> Mark Catesby 'sent it' from there when in fact Catesby got it from a 
> Russian in Alaska, its homeland in fact being central & eastern Russia...

To say nothing of a common garden & picnic pest in the Pac NW, the common 
yellowjacket, Vespula pennsylvanica, the distribution of which is entirely 
*west* of the Rocky Mountains.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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