vareitates levissimas non curat botanicus?
purves at THUBAN.AC.HMC.EDU
Fri Jan 19 00:03:17 EST 2001
At 04:50 PM 1/18/01 +0000, Dave Robinson said:
>Apparently, Carl Linneaus used to always say in Latin:
>"vareitates levissimas non curat botanicus"
>Does anyone actually know what that means?
I'm not a taxonomist
I've never seen that quote
I haven't studied Latin since my sophomore year in
high school, which was--YAAAGH!!--51 years ago
BUT what the hey... let me take a whack at it. First,
the first word must be misspelled: It should be
Here goes: "The botanist does not trouble himself
with trivial differences." Seriously: I bet that's
And I hope that somebody who KNOWS will enlighten us.
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