Gardeners' World Web User
16/01/2008 at 22:48
reply to morning glory:
Sorry to be late in replying, not often on-line. James A-S says one is wrong, which I assume is what I said was Pine species (No.1). No.2. is as you say the monkey puzzle tree (the second name of this probably should be aurucana). No.3 is Spanish Plane and numbers 4 and 5 are Oak, one being evergreen, one being deciduous.
The beauty of Linnaeus's binomial Latin names for plants is that you can ask for a plant (using its Latin name) anywhere in the world, and not have to speak the native language. Common plant names can lead to confusion. e.g. Black-eyed Susan refers to both Thunbergia and Rudbeckia.
Do try Latin plant names as they can be fun - but not if you have to write hundreds of labels as I used to do when I worked in a nursery.