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In article <4C25674C.00784181.00 at>, ridleyg at

> Can anyone explain to me the derivation of the agaric genus name Limacella
> (Earle 1909)?
> There is a plant genus "Limosella" which is derived from limosus - growing
> in a wet place, and ella - a dimunitive. therefore a small plant growing in
> a wet place.
> Many thanks Geoff
> -----------------------------------------
> Dr Geoff Ridley
> Mycologist
> New Zealand Forest Research Institute Ltd
> Private Bag 3020
> Rotorua, New Zealand
> e-mail: ridleyg at

Lim = a viscous substance; glue
It is derived fron the Anglo-Saxon, not Latin 
Ref; Composition of Scientific Words by Roland Brown, 1956.

A very fitting description for the genus!

Science Advisor for The Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA)

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