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  Re: [Aroid-l] watertrumpet
From: ted.held at us.henkel.com on 2007.02.27 at 14:36:50(15374)

I am pretty sure the "trumpet"
part is simply descriptive of the shape of the inflorescence. It is similar
to Wendt describing Cryptocoryne as "chalice" (Kelch in German)
plants or chalice flowers.

It would not surprise me, however, that
someone where they are native might have discovered that one can produce
a sound through them. After all, I was once fond of making fine sounds
with blades of grass stretched between my thumbs. This non-obvious trick
enchants children even today. But I would imagine that any pet name for
Cryptocoryne derived from local child play would be in some other language
than English. Do you know what Cryptocoynes are called in the local languages
and how those names might be transcribed into one or another European language?
If the local name is some variant of "trumpet", that would be
the clue we need.

Otherwise, how did Niels learn to do
what he is doing? Here you have a primary source.


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