Lapeirousia season

John Grimshaw
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 07:44:15 PST
Jim McKenney is right: it was named in honour of the French explorer, 
Laperouse. but it must have been entirely honorifiv in intent, as he had no 
connection with the botanical exploration of southern Africa.

John Grimshaw

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim McKenney" <>

Jim W. wrote " The genus name comes from the same Latin source as Lapis a 
gem stone of intense blue color."

Jim, are you sure? I would have thought it was named for someone with the 
French name La Perouse, maybe the Comte de La Perouse, eighteenth century 
navigator and explorer? The genus was named by French botanist Pierre André 
Pourret de Figeac, 1754-1818. So the timing is right, but this is just a 
guess on my part.

Jim McKenney

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