Commemorative endings

Joe Laferriere josephl at CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Tue Dec 5 12:47:37 CST 1995

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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