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Discussion in 'Plants and Biodiversity Stumpers' started by Daniel Mosquin, Feb 4, 2006.
See here, Sid.
Hmm.. these hints, do I need to fill'em?
Native to Japan (and China)
Keep trying. Doubtless I have walked by this specimen myself, in fact it looks familiar. But I don't remember.
That's really intersting looking and I know I've seen it somewhere before. But you have me stumped. Any other hints?
This is not from the same tree as the original, though that shouldn't matter.
A very young and strange Taxodium?
The only thing that keeps popping into my head is Gingko Biloba.
Score one for pierrot!
See-here-Sid-I-fill'em + native to Japan...
(and a full image of the leaf - that's the original photo I took of the near-the-surface roots, which I've tossed - didn't do what I wanted it to do)
Cer = "see here"? Is this one of those classical pronunciations, like "kook-la-men" for cyclamen? I didn't even pick up on "see here sid" being a hint, it's so foreign to me. Is redbud being called "see here sis"? Sounds confrontational.
I think "Sear Sid" would be even more confrontational, no? Don't want Sid to get burned...
And I'm going to start pronouncing Cyclamen as kook-la-men.
Here in the trenches it's "Sir Sid" and "Sir Sis".
Yeah, that would have been a better literal clue, maybe too easy though.
Should be "Kair-kid-o-fillum" - 'c' is always hard in Latin!
*grin* I knew that part about the hard C would come up eventually.
I had an old taxonomy professor that said "Say it with conviction, gusto and authority in your voice and everyone will believe you"
so keep a straight face and you can tell anybody anything (PT Barnum I think!)
Ker-kis, ked-rus, pie-kee-a, abbey-ayes, pee-nus and so on--ain't gonna happen ovuh hee-ah.
Lol... Yes, I cringe in remembrance of some of the mushroom forays I led in the days before I had been given any formal instruction on the pronunciation of botanical terms. I suppose I should be thankful that the names of fungi were unknown to most people, even those with a lot of formal training in biology.
Thinking back on it, certainly the most common mistake would have been pronouncing (eg. -cybe etc.) thinking the e makes the y long. There's a whole slough of genera that end with that or very similar, meaning that on every outing I would almost certainly have found at least one species to have held up and, with great gusto, proceeded to loudly and proudly mispronounce it's name for everyone to hear. Heh....."Conviction" indeed ;-)
Wondering how long till I hear someone say (e.g.) Litsea to rhyme with Southsea . . .