A good point.
The suffix -um is neutral and it=A0fits to all grammatic genera:
Also feminine botanical genera species epithet can end with -um,
the examples are: Arisaema triphyllum,=A0Alocasia scalprum, Aglaonema commutatum, Syngonium auritum...
But indeed, I have never=A0heard another=A0construction like Amorphophallus titanum.
I always wondered=A0why Alocasia macrorrhizos is a proper name,=A0the epithet is of Greek origin,
and I don't know why it is=A0named so. The suffix -os is masculine in Greek, and Alocasia is feminine.
And what do you think about the name Synandrospadix vermitoxicus?
I can't find anywhere what is the gender of the word "spadix". Isn't it feminine?
There is also=A0one important note,
many people erroneously take genera ending with=A0-is as masculine, but it is feminine,
Ariopsis peltata=A0or in other families Iris=A0pumila, Clematis lanuginosa=A0etc.=A0
Also the genera ending with -as are feminine: Anubias gigantea, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, Cycas revoluta.
But... the pine tree, Pinus seems to be a masculine word, and we have Pinus sylvestris, P. excelsa, P. nigra,
while=A0some other species of pine end usually with -us: like=A0Pinus strobus.
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Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 4:34 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Amorphophallus titanum
I have a silly (but important) question for you. As far as I know, Amophophallus is a masculine word, am I correct?
In Latin, except for the name of traditional trees (Malus, Pyrus, etc), all names ended in -us are male names. So it is correct to say that all adjective epithets in Amorphophallus species =A0end with -us (A. gomboczianus, A. hirsutus, A lunatus, A. glaucophyllus, etc).=A0
Why Amophophallus titanum is not A. titanus? Other species with a similar epithet (I don't remember none in plant kingdom, but I know Dorcus titanus - a beetle)... =A0Wilbert, do you have any reason for this?
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