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  Re: why scientists don't just give up the names battle
From: Jill Bell godjillab at home.com> on 2001.07.09 at 20:36:19(7003)
on 7/9/01 10:24 AM, Betsy Feuerstein at ecuador@midsouth.rr.com wrote:
I would like to reply to this discussion, being a complete amateur as a
horticulturist in the world of botanists and taxonomists. I have been
attracted to plants and specifically those of the aroid family for almost
thirty years. When I first found myself in garden centers and plant shops
asking questions and then buying horticultural dictionaries and books and
finally Exotica, I realized that the "common name" of a plant had nothing to
do with what it was, it was usually just a very low level description. In
essence, it told me nothing. I started to learn and remember the Greek and
Latin names for the plants and learned about genus and family and species,
and started to see an organizational relationship. The names alone were
able to get this information across to me, certainly there was too much
diversity in the foliage and such for me to have garnered this knowledge any
other way. For people who "just want a plant" for their table or window, a
purple passion would be perfect - I just as soon order one in a bar.
There needs to be no more information for this sort of application. But for
those that cross the line, and need to organize, I can see no better way but
this particular order out of chaos. It is the informational architecture
that can be universally understood, even by an amateur.
Best Regards,

-- Jill Bell

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