Posted: 22/02/2014 at 00:10
Gypsophila here, too. Or now that I come to say it to myself gypsophily which I know isn't right.
as has just been said, the botanical name gives so much help in understanding the plant and it's needs in terms of position, support, soil etc. for instance, forsythia Formosa comes from a warm forested place so one might guess it needs other tall things to scramble through. Labradorica would give the idea a plant would cope with cold areas, and the word racemosa describes it's structure, racemes. And so on. But it's great that there is no end to the learning, something like cooking or literature. Having a name stuck on, like Bowles', or wilsonii, doesn't help much and refers to its discoverer or whoever brought it to these regions. I believe there is a general guideline in pronouncing the Latin names, and that is , that the second last syllable is the one to be stressed, tho that is far from infallible.