Scaevola L.

Umberto at Umberto at
Sat May 31 16:23:03 CDT 1997

After the Roman hero C. Mucius Scaevola, whose surname means 'left handed';
C. Mucius, on being discovered (...into the camp of Porsenna to kill him),
burned off his own right hand!
Latin scaevola or scaevula, a dimin. of scaeva, the left-handed.
Latin scaevus, a, um 'left', presumably referring to the left handed
twisting and to the incomplete appearance of the corolla; see C. von
Linnaeus, Mantissa Plantarum. 2: 145. 1771.

Best, Umberto Quattrocchi

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