FW: Etymology of a daffodil

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 8 20:05:45 CDT 2002

     I would guess that it has something to do with the Soana Valley in
Italy.  Perhaps a check of type localities of other plants with the species
name assoana (or assoanus) might reveal the answer?
           -------- Ken
>From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at TELUS.NET>
>Reply-To: Adolf Ceska <aceska at TELUS.NET>
>Subject: FW: Etymology of a daffodil
>Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2002 11:23:13 -0700
>I wonder if somebody would have the answer to this question, originally
>posted on Alpine-L list.
>Adolf Ceska, Victoria, BC, Canada
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Alpine-L, the Electronic Rock Garden Society; postings copyright
>Hi all,
>I've noticed the anguish expressed over the years at having the previous
>names of Narcissus assoanus brushed aside in favor of this sonorously
>appealing epithet, with is appalling asonance.  My question is, what is
>etymology of the species name, "assoanus"?
>I didn't find it in Stearn's.  Can anyone give me a hint?  Surely it has
>nothing to do with Sir John Soane, the eighteenth century architect.
>Jim Shields
>in central Indiana
>Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
>P.O. Box 92              WWW:    http://www.shieldsgardens.com/
>Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA                   Tel. +1-317-896-3925

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