Scaevola L.

Kenelm Philip fnkwp at AURORA.ALASKA.EDU
Fri May 30 11:00:07 CDT 1997

        Regarding Jacques Melot's query: I suspect that Linnaeus had in
mind the Roman legend about Mucius Scaevola, who held his right hand in
a fire to demonstrate his courage and determination while a captive of
Lars Porsena. It is even possible that the 'left' connotation of the
name had nothing to do with the organism in question.

                                                        Ken Philip
fnkwp at

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