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Volume 42, Number 4
Fall 1988

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Names Of Plants: Sense and Sound - Part Three
Theo Smid, Hayward, California

        "Names of Plants: Sense and Sound - Part Three" continues with a listing of rhododendron species and other ericaceous genera beginning with C and D. Part One was found in the ARS Journal, Vol. 42:1, Winter 1988; Part Two in ARS Journal, Vol. 42:2, Spring 1988. The series will continue in future issues.
        An explanation of the system of accents used and botanical notation is found in Part Two. Briefly, the grave accent indicates a long stressed syllable, the acute accent a short stressed syllable.
        The plant name is followed by the name (usually abbreviated) of the author of the earliest valid citation. The meaning of the name and information about plant explorers and/or plant namesakes follows.

Abbreviations:
Ch.= Chinese
G. = Greek
L. = Latin
Sp.= Spanish
r. = rhododendron

Rhododendron Species — C
R. caèsium Hutch (Lat. bluish-gray)
R. caespitòsum Wernh. (Lat. tufted)
R. calendulàceum (Michaux) Torrey (of the color of Calendula) Flame Azalea; first mentioned by Cadwallader Colden, 1799; in Cherokee: Sky-Paint Flower
R. callimórphum Balf.f. & W.W. Sm. (G. kallos beautiful + morphos shape) Ch. "ovate-leaved r."
    var. myiágrum (Balf.f. & Forr.) Chamb. (G. muiagros fly-catcher, i.e. sticky pedicels)
R. calophỳtum Franch. (G. kallos beautiful + phuton plant) Ch. "beautiful-face r."
    var. openshawiànum (Rehd. & Wils.) Chamb. (of Rev. Harry Openshaw of Yachou Fu, near Chengtu; fu = village)
R. calosánthes Sleumer (G. beautiful + anthos flowers)
R. calostròtum Balf.f. & Ward (G. beautiful + strotos spread, covered) Ch. "beautiful-covering r."
    ssp. keléticum (Balf.f. & Forr.) Cullen (G. keletikos charming)
    Rádicans Group (L. rooting)
    ssp. ripàrium (Ward) Cullen (L. at a river-bank)
    var. riparioìdes (Cullen) R.C. Fang (resembling R. rìparium) Ch. "Xuelong beautifully-clad r."
R. calvéscens Balf.f. & Forr. (L. becoming bald, i.e. thin, detersile indumentum below)
    var. duseìmatum (Balf.f. & Forr.) Chamb. (G. duseimatos meanly-clad)
R. camelliiflòrum Hook. f. (with flowers like Camellia)
R. campanulàtum D. Don (L. bell-shaped) Ch. "bell-flowered r."
    ssp. aeruginòsum (Hook f.) Chamb. (L. very rusty, i.e. colored)
R. campylocárpum Hook. f. (G. kampulos bent, curved + karpos fruit) Ch. "curved-fruit r."
    Elàtum Group (L. elevated, tall)
    ssp. caloxánthum (Balf.f. & Farrer) Chamb. (G. kallos beautiful + xanthos yellow)
    Telòpeum Group (G. telopos seen from afar, i.e. conspicuous)
R. campylogỳnum Franch. (G. kampulos bent + gune ovary) Ch. "bent-style r."
    Célsum Group (L. elevated)
    Charopoèum Group (G. charopos causing joy)
    Cremástum Group (G. kremastos hanging)
    Myrtilloides Group (resembling Myrtle)
R. camtscháticum Pallas (of the Kamchatka Peninsula)
R. canadénse (L.) Torrey (of Canada) Rhodora; described by Linnaeus in 1762 as Rhodora canadense; introduced to Eng. in 1767 by Sir Joseph Banks
R. canéscens (Michaux) Sweet (L. hoary) Piedmont or Florida Pinxter Azalea. Pinxter or Pinkster is derived from the Greek for Pentecost; discovered by Mark Catesby c. 1730
    var. cándidum Small (L. white); may be only a form
R. capéllae Kores (of Mt. Capella, New Guinea)
R. capitàtum Maxim. (L. headed, i.e. with flowers in a head) Ch. "head-flower r."
R. cárneum Hutch. (L. like flesh, i.e. in color) Ch. "flesh-colored r."
R. càrrii Sleumer (of Cedric E. Carr of NZ., 1892-1936, who collected orchids in s.e. Asia, Borneo, New Guinea)
R. carringtóniae F. V. Mueller (of Lady Carrington, wife of the British representative in New Guinea)
R. carstenénse Wernh. (of Mt. Carstensz, w. cent. New Guinea, at 16,400 ft. the highest peak on any island)
R. catacósmum Balf.f. ex Tagg (G. katakosmein to adorn)
R. catawbiénse Michx. (of the Catawba R., S.C., from Choctaw katapa), intr. 1809
R. caucáskum Pallas (of the Caucasus), intr. 1803
R. celébicum (Blume) de Candolle (of Celebes, now Suwalesi, Indonesia)
R. cephalánthum Franch. (G. kephale the head + anthos flower) Ch. "hairy-throated r."
    ssp. platyphýllum (Franch. ex Balf.f. & Smith) Cullen (G. platos broad + phullon leaf) Ch. "broad-leaved r."
    Crebreflòrum Group (L. crowded flower)
R. cerasìnum Tagg (L. cherry-colored) When he found it Kingdon Ward called it "coals-of-fire." Ch. "cherry r."
R. cérnuum Sleumer (L. nodding)
R. chamaèpitys Sleumer (G. on the ground + pitus pine-tree)
R. chamaethomsónii (Tagg & Forr.) Cowan & Davidian (G. on the ground + R. thomsonii)
    var. chamaedòron (Tagg & Forr.) Chamb. (G. on the ground + doron gift)
    var. chamaethaùma (Tagg) Cowan & Davidian (G. on the ground + thauma a wonder)
R. champíonae Hook, (of the wife of the discoverer, Lt.-Col. John G. Champion, 1815-1854, who collected in Ceylon, Hong Kong) Ch. "bristly r." Championia Gardner
R. charítopes (ka-) Balf.f. & Farr. (G. lit. graceful of aspect) Ch. "pretty-face r."
    ssp. tsangpoénse (Ward) Cullen (of the Tsangpo R., so. Tibet) Curvistýlum Group (L. curved style)
R. chihsiniànum (gee-sheen-) Chun & Fang (of Chiehsien, Guangxi Prov.) Ch. "Longsheng r."
R. chlòrops Cowan (G. lit. green eye, i.e. greenish base of the flower) uncertain species
R. christíanae Sleumer (of the mother of Rev. N.E.G. Cruttwell; see R. cruttwellii)
R. chrístii Foerster (of Konrad H. Christ, 1833-1933, famous fern-specialist in Basel, Switz.)
R. chrýseum Balf.f. & Ward (G. & L. golden-yellow) Ch. "golden r."
R. chrysocàlyx Le'veille' et Ventenat (G. chrusos gold + calyx) Ch. "golden-calyx azalea"
R. chrysodòron Tagg ex Hutch. (G. gold + doron gift; a double entendre: color of flower and gift to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh by the Earl of Stair) Ch. "pure-yellow r."
R. chrysólepis Hutch. & Ward (G. gold + lepis scale)
R. chuniénii (In Mandarin initial ch, r, sh and zh are pronounced with the tip of the tongue curled back and pressed against the roof of the mouth.) Chun & Fang, (of Ho Chunnien, professor of South China Botanical Institute; information from Kunming Institute of Botany) Ch. "golden-scale r." The attributions of this species and several others were supplied by the Kunming Institute of Botany, The Academy of Sciences of China.
R. chúnii Chun & Fang (of Chun Woon-young, b. 1894, professor & director of South China Botanical Institute) Ch. "persistent-style r." (Azalea)
R. ciliàtum Hook. f. (L. fringed with hairs) Ch. "eyelash r."
R. ciliicàlyx Franch. (L. with a fringed calyx) Ch. "ciliate calyx r."
R. ciliilòbum Sleumer (L. & G. fringed lobe)
R. cilíipes Hutch. (L. fringed foot, i.e. pedicel)
R. cinchoniflòrum (sin-ko-) Sleumer (Cinchona-flower, i.e. Quinine)
R. cineráscens Sleumer (L. becoming ash-colored)
R. cinnabarìnum Hook. f. (L. cinnabar-red) Ch. "Cinnabar r."
    ssp. tamaénse (Davidian) Cullen (of Tama Bum, no. Burma)
    ssp. xanthocòdon (Hutch.) Cullen (G. xanthos yellow + kodon bell)
    Concátenans Group (L chained together)
    Pállidum Group (L. pale)
    Purpure'llum Group (L. a little purple)
    Roýlei Group (of John F. Royle, 1798-1858, M.D. Munich, surgeon E. India Co., Bengal; curator, Saharunpur Garden; professor of Materia Medica, King's Coll., London; sec'y Horticultural Society of London) Roylea Wall.
R. circinnàtum Cowan & Ward (L. forming a circle, i.e. flexible branches)
R. citriniflòrum Balf.f. & Forr. (L. with lemon-yellow flowers)
    var. horaèum (Balf.f. & Forr.) Chamb. (L. seasonal) Ch. "gorgeous r."
R. citrìnum Haask. (L. of citron, i.e. color)
R. clementìnae Forr. (ofClementine,wife of George Forrest) Ch. "pock-marked r."
R. codonánthum Balf.f. & Forr. (G. kodon bell + anthos flower)
R. coèlicum Balf.f. & Farrer (L. heavenly)
R. coeloneùrum Diels (L. engraved vein) Ch. "pocked-leaf r."
R. coelòrum Wernh. (L. of the heavens)
R. collettiànum Aitch (of Sir Henry Collett, 1836-1901, Col., Bengal Army; on retirement worked at Kew on his Flora Simlensis, 1902; collected in Afghanistan, Algeria, Burma, Canary Islands, Corsica, India, Java, Spain; plants at Kew); Neocollettia Hemsley.
R. comísteum Balf.f. (G. komisteos to be protected)
R. cómmonae Foerster (of the author's wife)
R. commutatàtum Sleumer (L. changed)
R. comparábile Sleumer (L. worthy of comparison)
R. compléxum Balf.f. &VV.W. Sm. (L. interwoven)
R. cómptum C.H.Wright (L. adorned)
R. concinnoìdes Ward, (similar to R. concinnum)
R. concínnum Hemsl. (L. neat) Ch. "elegant r."
R. coriàceum Franch. (L. leathery) Ch. "leather-leaf r."
R. córnu-bòvis Sleumer ("after the top of Mt. Nok = Dutch Buffelhoorn, i.e. a horn of a buffel, on Waigeo Island," Sleumer); off the n.w. coast of New Guinea
R. correoìdes J.J. Smith (resembling Correa, Australian shrubs and trees, Rutaceae)
R. coryànum Tagg & Forr. (of Reginald Cory, 1871-1934, who collected plants in S. Africa,West Indies, Atlas Mts.; financed expeditions to China; benefactor of Cambridge Botanic Garden and library of the Royal Horticultural Society)
R. còryi Shinners (azalea collected by V.L. Cory in Tyler Co., Tex., in 1950); it may be a variety of R. viscosum.
R. cowaniànum Davidian (of John Macqueen Cowan, 1892-1960, supt. Royal Botanic Garden Calcutta; collected in Sikkim, Bengal, Burma, Iran; authority on taxonomy of Rhododendron; Rhododendron Leaf, 1950, and others)
R. crassifòlium Stapf (L. thick leaf)
R. crenulàtum Hutch, ex Sleumer (Neo L. dim. of crena notch)
R. crinígerum Franch. (L. hair-bearing) Ch. "long-coarse-hair r."
    var. euadènium Tagg & Forr. (G. eu- good + aden gland)
R. cruffwéllii Sleumer (of Rev. Norman E.G. Cruttwell, MA. Oxon., missionary and plant-collector in New Guinea)
R. cryptophýllum Wernh. (G. kruptos hidden + phullon leaf)
R. cuffeànum Craib ex Hutch, (of Lady Wheeler Cuffe, who discovered it in Burma)
R. culminícolum F. v. Mueller (L. summit-dwelling)
R. cuneàtum W.W. Sm. (L. wedge-shaped, i.e. leaves)
R. curvifíòrum J.J. Sm. (L. curved-flower)
R. cuspidéllum Sleumer (L. with a small point)
R. cyanocárpum (Franch.)W.W. Sm. (G. cuanos a dark-blue substance, blue forget-me-not, Pliny, 21, 47, + karposfruit) Ch. "blue-fruited r."
R. cyatheìcolum Sleumer (G. kuathos a cup, the hollow of the hand + L. dwelling)
R. cyrtophýllum Wernh. (G. kurtos curved + phullon leaf)

Rhododendron Species — D
R. dalhoùsiae Hook.f. (of Christina Ramsay, Countess of Dalhousie, Edin. 1786-1839, wife of the 9th Earl of Dalhousie, Commander-in-chief, East Indies; she collected in Penang and Nova Scotia) Dalhousie, a place in Himachal Pradesh, N. India; Dalhousiea Graham
    var. rhabdòtum (Balf.f. & Cooper) Cullen (G. rhabdos a rod, i.e. allusion to the conspicuous red stripes)
R. dasycladoìdes Handel-Mazzetti (see R. selense ssp. dasycladum)
R. daùricum L. (of the Daurs of Dahuria on the Lena R.) cult. 1780 Ch. "Xing 'an r."
    Sempérvirens Group (L. evergreen)
R. davídii Franch. (of Père Jean-P. Armand David, Fr. Lazarist missionary in China; discovered 58 birds, c. 100 insects and several mammals, including the giant panda and the Père David deer. The latter became extinct in China, but the Dukes of Devonshire developed a herd at Woburn Abbey and in 1985 sent some to a new park in China. The first Davidia involucrata in 1869. Père David sent c. 3,000 spp. of plants to France from China.) Ch. "glandular-fruit r."
R. davidsoniànum Rehd. &Wils. (of Dr. W.H. Davidson of the Friends Mission in China) intr. 1903 Ch. "concave-leaf r."
R. decòrum Franch. (L. ornamental) intr. 1904 Ch. "great-white r."
R. degroniànum Carriêre (of M. Degron, Dir. of French Posts, Yokohama, 1869)
    ssp. heptámerum(Maxim.) Hara (G. hepta seven + meros part)
    var. hondoènse (Nakai) Hara (of Hondo, e.cent. Kyushu Isl., Japan)
    var. kyomaruénse (Yamazaki) Hara (of Kyomaru, Hiroshima Prefecture)
    f. amagiànum Hara (of Mt. Amagi, Japan)
    ssp. pentámerum (Maxim.) Hara (G. penta five + part); formerly R. metternichii. This species has been in taxonomic flux. See Hiroshi Hara, Journal of Japanese Botany, Vol. 61 #8, Aug. 1986 245-47, and D.F. Chamberlain & Frank Doleshy, Vol. 62 #8, Aug. 1987 225-42.
R. dekatànum Cowan (of Dekata, s.e. Tibet)
R. delicátulum Sleumer (L. a little delicate)
R. dendrícola Hutch. (G. dendron tree + L. dweller)
    Taronénse Group (of the Taron Gorge, Yunnan)
R. dendrócharis Franch. (G. tree + charis grace) Franchet noted that it grew ad truncos putridos, at rotted trunks; cf. R. petrocharis) Ch. "tree-growing r."
R. denudàtum Lévl. (L. bare, stripped)
R. detérsile Franch. (L. clean, from detergere to wash)
R. detzneriànum Sleum. (of H. Detzner, in 1914 with the Kaiser Wilhelm Land Boundary Commission in New Guinea)
R. dianthósmum Sleum. (carnation-scented)
R. diaprèpes Balf.f. & W.W. Sm. (G. lit. distinguished) Ch. "noble r."
R. dichroánthum Diels (G. di- two, chro- color, anthos flower) Ch. "bicolored r."
    ssp. apodéctum (Balf.f. &W.W. Sm.) Cowan (G. lit. acceptable) Ch. "gratifying r."
    ssp. scyphocàlyx (Balf.f. & Forr.) Cowan (G. skuphos a cup + calyx)
    ssp. septentrionàle Cowan (L. northern)
R. dielsiànum Schlechter (of Friedrich L.E. Diels, 1874-1945, Ger. botanist)
R. dignábile Cowan (L. amiable)
R. dilatàtum D. Don apud G. Don (L. spread out, i.e. flowers) apud here = with.
R. dimidiàtum Balf.f. (L. divided in two)
R. dimítrium Balf.f. & Forr. (G. di- two + mìtra band, headband, i.e. calyx)
R. diphrocàlyx Balf.f. (G. diphros bearing two + calyx, i.e. a wide, flat calyx)
R. disterigmoìdes Sleumer (resembling Disterigma, i.e. the leaves)
R. dumícola Tagg. & Forr. (L. thicket-dweller)
R. durionifòlium Beccari (foliage of Durio zibethinus, Durian, a large tree in w. Malay Archipelago)

Other Ericaceous Genera — C
Callùna Salisbury (G. kallunein to brush or sweep, i.e. for brooms made from its twigs) 1 sp. Eur., Asia Minor, naturalized in N. Amer. Ling, Scottish Heather (ME hadder, Norse heithr)
    C. vulgàris Hull (L. common) Fr. Bruyère, Ger. Besenheide, It. Bréntoli, Grecchia, Sp. Brezo; many cvs.
    C. hypnoìdes (L.) D. Don (resembling Hypnum, a moss) intr. 1798
    C. lycopodioìdes (Pallas) D. Don (resembling Lycopodìum, Club Moss), cult. 1933
    C. mertensiàna (von Bongard) G. Don (of Franz K. Mertens, 1754-1831, Ger. botanist), White Heather; Cal. mts. no. to Alaska, Mont. John Muir often referred to it as his favorite flower.
    C. selaginoìdes Hook. f. & T. Thomson (resembling Selaginella, Little Club Moss or Spike M.) intr. 1820
    C. tetragòna (L.) D. Don (G. tetra four + gonu knee, i.e. four-angled)
Cassìope D. Don (The name was chosen by David Don because Linnaeus had previously named the related Bog-Rosemary after her daughter Andromeda. Cassiope boasted that she was fairer than the Nereids. At their request Neptune sent a monster to ravage the country. His wrath could be appeased only by exposing Andromeda.) 12 spp. circumboreal, Himal., Eur.
    C. fastigiàta (Wall.) D. Don (L. branches erect and close together) intr. c. 1819
Cavendíshia Lindley (named for William G. Spencer, 6th Duke of Devonshire, 1790-1858; president, Horticultural Society of London, 1838-58; Chatsworth Gardens) c. 100 spp. trop. Amer. A few forms are cultivated as ornamentals.
Chamaedáphne Moench (G. chamai on the ground + daphne laurel) 1 sp. no. temp, circumpolar
    C. calyculàta (L.) Moench (G. & L. calyx-like), Leatherleaf, Cassandra, cult. 1748
    var. angustifòlia (Ait.) Rehd. (L. narrow-leaf) Canada & U.S.
    var. latifólia (Ait.) Fernald (L. broad-leaf) Canada

Other Ericaceous Genera — D
Daboècia D. Don (named for St. Dabeoc [different spelling], an early Irish saint) 2 spp. Ireland to Sp. & Azores. St. Dabeoc's Health, Irish Heath
    D. azòrica Tutin & E.F.Warburg (of the Azores)
    D. cantábrica (Huds.) C. Koch (of Cantabria, ancient name of western Pyrenees) cult. 1800 many varieties, natural and cultivated
Dimorphánthera (Drude) F. v. Mueller ex J.J. Sm. (G. di-, morph- form, + anther) 67 spp. Mai. esp. New Guinea.
    D. kempteriana (Woods 2101), an evergreen liana with an effect similar to that of Bougainvillea, was introduced to Britain in 1968.
    D. amblyornidis var. moorhousiana is similar. Rev. Cruttwell has called these plants the most beautiful of the Rhododendron relatives.
Disterígma(Klotzch) Niedenzu (G. di- two + sterigmos a setting firmly) c. 25 spp. trop. Andes


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