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    What does superbum mean or imply when used in the name of species plant? Does anybody here know or wish to speculate?
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    superbum is from the latin superbus which means proud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lienluu View Post
    superbum is from the latin superbus which means proud.
    Thanks, Lien. I have added it to the glossary for future reference.

    Cheers,
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    Or in laymens terms Fab! lol

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    ooh and don't forget, the pronunciation is soo-per-boom instead of soo-per-bottom


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    I would have guessed it to be a very slow grower.

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    A few points to remember with latin names:

    The current system of nomenclature was created by Linnaeus. Scientific names are standardized, unique and are valid all over the world. Being a standardized system, pronunciation follows pronunciation rules for LATIN. You often hear people assume if something was named after someone, then the pronunciation should follow how that person would pronounce their name. Also, all too often, you hear people pronounce latin names according to their own language pronunciation rules. Again, not so. They should always follow latin pronunciation rules--this is what makes it universal. Anyone from anywhere speaking whatever language, should in theory understand what you mean when you say "Paphiopedilum rothschildianum". If they are familar with the system.

    Here's a quick pronunciation guide:

    a as in father, or short as in but. But not as in cat.

    e as in they, or short as in net.

    i as in keep, or short as in pit.

    o as in note, or short as in not.

    u as in food, or short as in put.

    y only found in Greek words, assimilated to i.

    Note: u was actually not in the Latin alphabet, v was used instead.

    Two vowels are always pronounced separately unless they form a diphthong (where they run together or glide). The Latin diphthongs are:

    ae as in pile.

    au as in cow

    oe as in soil

    ei as in reign

    ue as in you

    ui as in quick

    Some consonants have pronunciations that differ from english. These are:


    b as in English except before s and t when it is pronounced p.

    c as k, always.

    ch as k, it is an emphasized c.

    g as in game, never as in ginger.

    s as in sun, not as in was (where it has a little of a z sound).

    t as in table, never as in nation.

    v always as wish, never as in the English v.

    x always as in exceed, never as in example.

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    Oh my head hurts. Too much for this old brain to remember!

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    Thanks for the info.

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    That is great. Thanks so much, Lien.

    cheers,
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