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From: "Dr. C. R. Waldron" <cwaldron at frognet.net> on 1998.10.21 at 14:57:12(2710)
Does anyone know the original source or reason for the designation =
'Atropurpurea' for the purple-spathed form of Pinellia tripartita? I =
note Wilbert also picked up this epithet for his variant of Pinellia =
ternata referring to it as "Atro-purple." Unless I'm misreading the =
botanical Latin, the translation is "hideous purple" (Atro = hideous, =
terrible or cruel). Just wondering why.


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