Latin names

lou jost
Fri, 17 Sep 2010 10:56:43 PDT
Linguists out there, I wonder if you can help me. I am describing two new species of orchids in a genus ending in -ia (hence feminine). I will name one in honor of a woman named Barbel (Lebanese name) and another will honor the conservation work of Puro Coffee, using a latinized epithet for Puro. I would go with "barbeliana" (adjective form rather than genitive, following the rule of thumb that purley honorific names be adjectives) for the first one, but the second one poses problems. Would it be "puroiana"? Sounds awful. 

Thanks! Later I might bother you with a Latin diagnosis. There are few places other than this forum where such arcane linguistic issues are discussed! 



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