Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs
Mon, 26 Jul 2010 18:15:16 PDT
As Albert Radford puts it in his Fundamentals of Plant Systematics, 
"In cases of this sort, many botanists prefer [to ignore] the rules 
[of pronunciation] if the name cannot be recognized in its Latinized 
form."  On the other hand, many botanists (and others) prefer to 
apply the rules.  And quoting from the seventh edition of Gray's 
Manual of Botany: "The subject [of pronunciation] is one into which 
considerations of taste, convenience, and custom enter to such an 
extent that it is most difficult to lay down definite principles free 
from pedantry."  I say "tomayto", you say "tomahto".


Russell Stafford
Odyssey Bulbs
PO Box 382
South Lancaster, MA  01561

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