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Re: [APD] Not about plants....

On Fri, 19 Nov 2004 13:55:24 -0500, JAMES PURCHASE <jppurchase at rogers_com> wrote:

This may just be a twig in my side, but I also wish that posters use standard names for plants. A recent thread referred to Vallisneria as "vallis". "Vals" I can see, but "Vallis"??? I've long gotten over the fact that many folks can't (or just won't) use scientific names, but I don't see the need to coin any more common names for common plants.

What's wrong with Vallis? It's a fairly common common name :) and I don't think it's going to be misunderstood; just a simple contraction of Vallisneria as you say. The world would be a clearer place if the names we referred plants to always had that much of a connection to the scientific name (i.e. no more 'bamboo fern' or whatever)...

Andrew McLeod
thefish at theabyssalplain_freeserve.co.uk

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