Commemorative endings

Robin Leech robinl at NAIT.AB.CA
Tue Dec 5 14:31:17 CST 1995

Yes, but perhaps the describer did not know that the collector or person
being honored was female.  It was, after all, and may still be, a fairly
chauvanistic world out there.
Robin Leech

On Tue, 5 Dec 1995, Joe Laferriere wrote:

> The rule I was taught in botany is that the ending should be -ii unless:
> 1) The person Latinized his name (e.g. Linnaeus or Wislizenus) or
> 2) The name ends in a vowel or -er (Hence Cuvier ---> cuvieri and
> Galileo ---> gelileoi).
> Incidentally, I have seen people name plants after women but use -ii
> instead of -ae.
> Joe Laferriere

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