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    apple rings.. what more can i say? FlytrapGurl's Avatar
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    Ummmm... I have a few questions on the pronunciations of CP names. Here are the names I need help pronunciating: (please specify the emphasis areas, syllable sounds, etc.)

    *leucophylla (not sure if it's 'loo-so-PHY-lah' or 'loo-ko-PHY-lah' )
    *Dionaea muscipula (on Dionaea: not sure if it's 'Di-o-NEE-ah' or 'Di-o-NAY-ee-ah'. On muscipula: I'm totally befuddled)
    *purpurea (it's 'pur-pur-EE-ah', right?)
    *Pinguicula primuliflora (on Pinguicila: 'Ping-GWEE-cyoo-lah', right? On primuliflora: 'prim-u-li-FLOR-ah'?)
    *Darlingtonia californica (on Darlingtonia: it's 'Dar-ling-TONE-ee-ah', right? On californica: 'cal-i-FORN-i-cah' or 'cal-i-forn-EE-cah'?)
    *Drosera adelae (on Drosera: I have no clue. On adelae: 'a-deh-LEE' or 'a-deh-LAY-ee' or... I dunno. I'm totally lost)

    Sorry if I'm asking too much...

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    This is how I pronounce them..
    pretty sure they are right!

    *leucophylla 'loo-ko-PHY-luh'

    *Dionaea muscipula "die-oh-NAY-uh musk-uh-pue-luh"

    purpurea "pur-pur-ay-uh" (ay like Hay)

    *Pinguicula "ping-GUICK-you-luh" (guick is like quick, but with a G)

    Darlingtonia californica "dar-ling-tone-e-uh cal-luh-for-nick-uh" (say it like its all one word caluhfornickuh, nothing stressed..)

    I have also heard Darlingtonia kinda with a silent G,
    dar-lin-tone-e-uh

    *Drosera adelae - "droz-er-uh add-uh-lay"

    my droz-ur-uh might be wrong..for some reason I always pronounce it with the Z sound! it might be dross-er-uh

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    I've heard leucophylla as 'loo-co-fy-la', 'loo-co-filla' and 'loo-ko-fi-la' so I don't know which is right. With my accent, the second one is more natural for me. The name also has two l's, so it should be 'filla' not 'fy-la' in theory, as oreophila is 'oreo-fy-la'.

    Dionaea muscipula I say as 'die-er-nay-er musk-i-pulla'.

    Purpurea I say as 'purr-per-ree-a'

    Pinguicula I just say 'ping'!

    I've heard drosera as 'droh-serra' and 'droserra'.



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    Since these are Latin names, help is available on the Web. Check for example,
    http://www.saltspring.com/capewest/pron.htm
    http://neatlas.huh.harvard.edu/BotPron/

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    Don't feel stupid. I'm sure there is hardly a person here who hasn't felt like an idiot because they aren't sure of the pronunciation of a lot of these words. Most of us fluff through it and hope for the best. And sometimes even the "experts" disagree. I've always pronounced flava as "flah-va"...and then I heard someone else say "flay-va". I think flah-va is more southern. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    A prununciation guide would be helpful. I've searched myself, but so far haven't found any.

    I say flah-va and you say flay-va
    I say poTOTo and you say poTAYto...
    and so it goes. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Thanks all! So, basically, I've been pronoucing all of them right except for leucophylla! I've been saying 'Loo-so-FI-la' instead of 'loo-ko-FI-la'. Otherwise, I got lucky! ***feels brilliant*** [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    i was gonna make a post like this , anyways , i need help on a few pronounciations too :

    how do you pronounce : sphagnum , i've been caling it all sorts of things .

    sarracenia leucophylla , i;ve been callin it lee-you-co-phil-ah

    sarracenia pssitacina , iono if i'm saying it correct but i've been calling it piss-sit-tah-see-nuh

    byblis , i have been calling it bib-liss , is this correct

    pinguicula , i have been calling it ping-goo-ik-cul-ah

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    i agree that most of us don't really have a clue as to the correct way to pronounce all of these different names...

    i just keep hoping that someone would make a web site that simply listed the phonetic spellings of off the various names associated with carnivorous plants!


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