FW: Etymology of a daffodil

Robin Leech releech at TELUSPLANET.NET
Sun Sep 8 15:02:56 CDT 2002


>From Roland Wilbur Brown, 1956 (revised edition).
COMPOSITION OF SCIENTIFIC WORDS.
PAGE 250:
DAFFODIL < OF, afrodille, <L. asphodelus (Gr. asphodelos); see narcissus
under
    amaryllis, asphodelus under lily.

Robin Leech

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ken Kinman" <kinman at HOTMAIL.COM>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Sunday, September 08, 2002 2:05 PM
Subject: Re: FW: Etymology of a daffodil


>      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>
> >To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> >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.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >
> >Adolf Ceska, Victoria, BC, Canada
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Alpine-L, the Electronic Rock Garden Society; postings copyright
> >by
> >----------------------------------------------
> >
> >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
> >less
> >appealing epithet, with is appalling asonance.  My question is, what is
> >the
> >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.
> >
> >Thanks!
> >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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