Moraea spelling

Crawford Neil
Fri, 25 Nov 2011 08:16:26 PST
The origin of the Moraea name is rather amusing:

The genus Moraea was first described as Morea in honour of the English botanist Robert More (1703-1780), but Linnaeus later changed the name to Moraea after the surname of his wife, Elisabeth Moraea and father-in-law, Johan Moraeus (Goldblatt & Manning 2008).

The Moraeus family name is derived from the small town of Mora in central Sweden, 
and today a well-known (in Sweden) musician is called Kalle Moraeus, so the name is alive
and thriving. When we visit South Africa it's nice that some of the most beautiful plants
have a name derived from a Swedish town!
Best regards Neil Crawford
(from a cold and dismal Swedish west coast, not a bulb in sight)

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