Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Thu Feb 18 09:20:44 CST 1999

At 09:22 AM 2/18/99 -0700, JOSEPH E. LAFERRIERE wrote:
> Suppose you
>wanted to name a species after Venus? I mean the goddess,
>not the planet. Naming a new species of Eragrostis
>(love grass) after her might be nice. But what would
>the epithet be?

That one's easy: Eragrostis veneris. (It's the same root as "venereal"; in
older works, authors refered to inhabitants of the planet Venus as
Venereans, rather than Venusians.)

And along the lines of Arctostaphylos uva-ursi and Liquidambar styraciflua,
we could have Artemisia dianae (although the genus was named for a person,
not the Goddess).

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