Thoughts catching, stories weaving. . .

Let us do it. I got a recalcitrant species priority list from Alcoa guys (most of the photos sourced from

1. Adenanthos barbiger (Proteaceae):

ADEN  means gland (in Greek) since it is hard not to notice its thick glandy nectaries

ANTHOS means flower. Not only Florian (derived from Latin) but also Anthony (derived from Greek) carry that hippie name.

BARBIGER  how come the Botanists tend to mix those languages so much? It comes from Latin Barba and it means a beard. It is about its hairiness. It may also recall Barbaros which in Greek again means a barbarian. Most of them were hairy and wild. I forgot its English name.

2. Agrostocrinum scabrum (Hemerocallidaceae):

AGROSTO -Eureka! Finally I know where the name  agriculture is from. AGROSTIS means simply a grass. Our Farm lands grow a lot of it.

KRINON- lily in Greek

SCABRUM – species names tend to derive from Latin. This one is about being scabrit (rough). Painfully beatifulus.

3. Clematis pubescens (Ranunculaceae) – it is a very popular geophyte in Alcoa’s nursery. It needs to develope good roots before going onsite. Picture from Alcoa Nursery:

CLEMATIS – stands for a brushwood.

PUBESCENS – is about its hairyness.

I would not be suprised if someone in the past made brooms out of its twigs.

4.Cyathochaeta avenacea (Cyperaceae):

CYATHOS (greek) – cup

CHAITE (greek) – long hair

AVENA – relates to oats as if it reminds them in some way. It is for sure a bowl/cup full of long stems/hairs.

5.Dampiera linearis (Goodeniaceae):

DAMPIER was the first English botanist who brought WA specimen to English herbarium

LINEARIS (Latin)- border. Does it apply to its wedge-shaped leaves I am not sure.

      DIANELLA – was the Roman Goddess of the hunt. I tend to believe that French botanist-explorer Philibert Commerson named it after his blue-eyed lover.

REVOLUTA -applies appearantly to its curly, in-rolled leaves.

BANKSIA- it uesd be called Dryandra for obvious reasons.

LINDLEYANA –  after another botanist who wanted to be remembered.



and as follows:

Hibbertia amplexicaulis
Hibbertia commutata
Hypolaena exsulca
Lechenaultia biloba
Lomandra species
Loxycarya cinerea
Pteridium esculentum
Scaevola calliptera
Tetraria capillaris
Tetraria octandra

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