vareitates levissimas non curat botanicus?

Robinson, Dr. David drobinson at bellarmine.edu
Fri Jan 19 12:13:43 EST 2001


Well, my Latin expert says that "curat" means "to cure" or 'to help"....but
she is not sure what "levissimas" means....our best interpretation is "Small
variations do not help the botanist" but we are unsure.

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> Subject:	Re: vareitates levissimas non curat botanicus?
> 
> 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?
> 
> First, disclaimers:
> 
> 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
> varietates.
> 
> Here goes:  "The botanist does not trouble himself
> with trivial differences."  Seriously: I bet that's
> it.
> 
> And I hope that somebody who KNOWS will enlighten us.
> 
> (bill)
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