Fw: Etymology of a daffodil

Dipteryx dipteryx at FREELER.NL
Mon Sep 9 08:54:13 CDT 2002

I don't know. However some notes:

- By its form "assoana/us/um" is derived from Asso or Assoa, either a
geographical feature or a person

- There does exist a geographical Asso, somewhat North of Milan, Italy.

- There is also a Spanish botanist Ignatius d'Asso (Ignacio Jordan de Asso y
del Rio, 1752-1814) who once had a genus Assonia named after him (now
included in Dombeya, STR/MLV s.l.).

- A look in IPNI gives eight species names with the epithet "assoan%", most
of which are from Spain

The safe bet is that these Spanish plants were named after the Spanish

I trust you will not fail to point out to Jim Shields that to call
"assoana" a "species name" is an atrocious barbarity, showing a callous
disregard for plants ;-). The species name is "Narcissus assoanus".

Paul van Rijckevorsel
Utrecht, NL

----- Original Message -----
> From: Adolf Ceska <aceska at TELUS.NET>

> I wonder if somebody would have the answer to this question, originally
posted on Alpine-L list.


Adolf Ceska, Victoria, BC, Canada

> > -----Original Message-----
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> > 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.

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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