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    How do you pronounce names

    This weekend my father in law (has a PhD in herpetology) and I were talking carnivorous plants and I noticed he pronounced the scientific names totally different then me. How do you pronounce them?
    ex.1 S. leucophylla
    I say: luke oh file a
    he says: lew coff ill a
    ex.2 S.oreophila
    I say: oreo fill a
    He says: oh rif ill a
    ex. S. flava
    me: flaw va
    him: flay va
    ex. alata
    me: a la ta
    him: ay late a
    we did pronounce sarracenia and rubra the same.
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    That's why herpetologists generally aren't allowed out in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herenorthere View Post
    That's why herpetologists generally aren't allowed out in public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herenorthere View Post
    That's why herpetologists generally aren't allowed out in public.
    Ha! Good one. It's like reading fantasy novels with crazy names. I say them one way in my head while reading and hear it differently from the author. I generally don't have to worry about it since I know zero people that I verbally speak to about plants, anyhow. For the time being, I'll settle for just spelling everything correctly!

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    Any time there's a "phyll" it should be pronounced like "file".
    Latin names of colors, etc, have a different "a" than we usually use in English, its more of an "ah".
    "ii" at the end is like "e-i" (seriously, like saying the letter e, then the letter i)
    "ea" is "a-uh"
    "ae" = "a" (slightly different than the normal English "a")
    Lots of names are either a botanists name plus one of those endings, (iae in some cases (pronounced "e-a"), or the name of a place followed by "iensis" lol.
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    I always thought the "c" in leucophylla was pronounced like an "s" ...."loo-so-fiy-la"
    Am I wrong?
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    Sarracenias are easy because there are so few species. No matter how badly I pronounce alata, no one is likely to think I'm talking about a rubra. Orchids are different because there are about 56,457,234,012 species and anytime you mispronounce the name of one, you're likely to be correctly pronouncing the name of another.
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