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  Re: While Stearn was open..........
From: E Charles Nelson <tippitiwitchet at zetnet.co.uk> on 1998.01.19 at 08:04:51(1852)
The message
from Don Burns contains these words:

> When I had Stearn off the shelf and open tonight, I tried to determine
> meanings for the names Dracontium and Dracontioides. Stearn did not
> have a solution for me, at least none that I could find. Both genera have
> species with hooded spathes. Is this a clue?

> Don

> Don Burns Plantation, FL USA Zone 10b

Both have as their roots the Greek draco - dragon. Dracontium is an
ancient Greek plant name used for plant coloured like a serpent or
dragon. Dracontioides signals that the plants resembles Dracontium.

Charles Nelson

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