Stephen J Bungard
sbungard at zenecabp.demon.co.uk
Mon Jan 9 16:23:30 EST 1995
In article <jsp.5.788007054 at nlh.no> jsp at nlh.no "Jan Wesenberg" writes:
> A comment to resta at iei.pi.cnr.it (Giovanni Resta)'s list of botanical
For some reason I did not see this - perhaps accidentally erased before
reading. So apologies if the list below adds nothing new.
> The list is very interesting. One can read from it the history of several
> nomenclatural revisions. Indeed, most of the anagrams from the same family
> are certainly results of taxonomical revisions, where an author has
> constructed an anagram from an earlier generic name in the prosess of
> splitting a large genus into several minor ones. This seems to have been a
> favorite way of making new generic names, especially among taxonomists
> with a sence of humour (and of linguistics as well). The "Filago" group of
> names, for example, are not typos, as suspected by Resta, but a result
> of revisions of the Linnaean genus Filago: at least Logfia (and I think,
> also the two other ones) by the French taxonomist A. H. G. de Cassini (1781-
> 1832). Similarly, the name Leymus was invented by the German taxonomist C.
> F. Hochstetter (1787-1860) for a new genus established from the Linnaean
> genus Elymus. One should be able to track down the history of the other
> anagrams as well, using the author index of a flora which has such an
> index (or a book like Mabberley's Plant Book).
> Perhaps it would be useful to make a version of the list indicating the
> original names and the derived ones, as well as the authors. And maybe there
> are more anagrams to be found if one searched from a larger database?
OK, here is a start:
Hermannia Mahernia Linneaus 1767 (obviously , omitting a 'n'
Allium Milula Muilla
Ascyron Norysca Roscyna
Filago Gifola Ifloga Lifago Logfia Oglifa
Liatris Litrisa Trilisa
Maingola is a sectional epithet in Magnolia
Phlebiogonium = Goniophlebium
Jacaima is a deliberate anagram of Jamaica, as is Lobivia of Bolivia.
All the above from "Botanical Latin" by William T Stearn, Pub. David &
Charles. Further examples can apparently be found in Stearn (1992):
Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners.
This practice was described as "such scandalously childish, bald and
witless trickery with names...such base name-coinage" by Rev R T Lowe
Again, apologies if I have added nothing new.
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