The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Science - the Vegetable Kingdom
Chapter: Chapter 1: Plant Nomenclature

Personal specific plant names

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993. A specific name is occasionally adapted to some historical fact belonging to the plant, or to the person whose name it bears, as Linnï¾µ'a borealis, from the great botanist of the north; Murraya exotica, after one of his favourite pupils, a foreigner; Browallia demissa and elata, from a botanist of humble origin and character, who afterwards became a lofty bishop. These, however, may be considered as the conceits of the botanists of the last century, and are certainly not only in very bad taste, but positively injurious, as giving false ideas of the plants distinguished by them.