Haemanthus and Scadoxus Culture

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Mon, 28 Jun 2010 13:57:06 PDT

I have not seen Dee Snijman's original publication of Haemanthus barkerae, 
but from the ending of the species name, I would judge that it is named 
after a Ms. Barker.

In botanical Latin, the rule seems to be that the modern person's name is 
Latinized by adding "i"  to the modern name plus either "a" or "us" unless 
it ends in "-er" in which cases the "i" is omitted.  I think zoologists 
tend to leave out the "i" in all cases.

Jim Shields

At 01:33 PM 6/28/2010 -0700, you wrote:
>Forgive me if I am wrong, but i remember that on my taxonomy classes, it 
>was told me that plant names dedicated to a female end with "ae" and those 
>dedicated to males with the "ii" or "i" termination in the species epithet.
>Like Dendrobium victoriae-reginae after the Queen Victoria, Mepenthes 
>jacquelinae after Jacqueline Clarke, Aechmea mariae-reginae, etc. But I 
>could be wrong...
>And what about Haemanthuis bakerae? was it also named after a lady?

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