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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

RE: BRYONET: Bryonet: Etymologies of Bryophyte Names [SEC=Unclassified]


There are various books dealing with the subject. E.g., Mabberley.
Don't ignore Stearn (Botanical Latin). Crum (Mosses of the Great Lakes
Forest) also includes info on the origin of the names used. There is, I
seem to recall, an on-line version for Europe. I think also an on-line
"Roots of Names" list that Janice Glime drew attention to some years
ago. Many names are not of Latin origin, but of Greek root. Some are a
combination of both, which makes it challenging to try and work out what
the name actually means. Similarly, if you refer to a Latin source you
may return the incorrect root of the word if the real origin is Greek.
But, have fun.

Prof Rod Seppelt
Principal Research Scientist
Australian Antarctic Division
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