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Thread: Did Burbidge name N. burbidgeae after his wife?

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    I was just reminded of this looking at the updates for Nepenthes for Everyone and remembered-- I had been thinking about this and figured it out not long ago:

    Burbidge and his wife share the same last name. Species names are in Latin. Nepenthes burbidgeae literally means 'Nepenthes of Burbidge' just like Nepenthes macfarlanei means 'Nepenthes of Macfarlane'. Now for a Latin lesson:

    1st declension feminine nouns end in 'ae' for the genitive. 2nd declension masculine nouns end in 'i' for the genitive. The main use of genitive case is possession (remember 'Nepenthes of Burbidge'?).

    So, if Burbidge named it after himself (assuming he is a man, that is) it would be Nepenthes burbidgei. However, it is N. burbidgeae.

    Now stop accusing the man! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img]

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    Quidquid Latine dictum sit, altum viditur.

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    Hic altior viditur quam est! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    I suppose I could have just said 'burbidgeae is feminine'!

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    wow! i think you solved the mystery for us all!!! now i dont have to live in question about this anymore for the rest of my life!!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    You are right, having studied six years of Latin I should have noticed it, but I'm still a cynic! I still think the motivation is egotistical.
    Demystifying Nepenthes: http://www.nepenthesforeveryone.com

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    I think he named it burbidgeae so he could say it was named after his wife, but still let people know he discovered it! Clever... sort of.

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    I think disingenuous is the word for it [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
    Demystifying Nepenthes: http://www.nepenthesforeveryone.com

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    Speaking of nomenclature - Hamish, shouldn't argentii be referred to as 'Nepenthes of [George] Argent', instead of silver? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img] Your website's as great as ever, by the way!

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