Translation of a Bot. Latin term

Garland, Mark garlanm1 at DOACS.STATE.FL.US
Fri Nov 19 13:55:24 CST 2004

Vincent, Leszek <mailto:Leszek at MISSOURI.EDU> wrote:
> Dear Taxacom'ers - could anyone help me with the translation (to
> English) of the term "potentissimo" as in the statement: "radio amplo
> potentissimo" (from a description in Memorie della Reale Accademia
> delle Scienze di Torino, 38:31, 1833, by A. Rich., for Senecio
> linearifolius)? Stearn's Botanical Latin has helped me with the rest
> of the deciphering of the description.    

Looks like "ray ample, very strong."

See the Perseus web site for a classical Latin (and Greek) dictionary: Search for "possum"
and you'll get definitions of "potens," from which the superlative
"potentissimus" comes.

Mark A. Garland
Botany Section
Division of Plant Industry
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
P. O. Box 147100
Gainesville, Florida 32614-7100
(352) 372-3505 ext 402

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