funny biological names - got any?

klier at klier at
Thu Dec 16 17:53:51 EST 1993

In article <philipr.755832494 at>, philipr at (Philip Rhoades) writes:
> This is for a friend who needs some funny (peculiar/amusing) biological 
> names for an article he is writing.

Ah well... how about the subspecies of desert trumpet, a wild buckwheat,
rejoicing in the name Eriogonum inflatum subsp. deflatum? (This is a
variant of the originally discovered plant with inflated internodes.)

Or Tacitus bellus, named because the genus had a flower with a slightly
closed mouth.

Or pairs of genera like Motherwellia and Fothergilla...

And of course my students find certain crude humor in such names as
Ilex vomitoria, Backhousia, Grossularia....

Kay Klier      herbarium, ISTC

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