duran0 at exchange.purdue.edu
Tue Apr 10 15:08:22 EDT 2007
Yes, I know that Miltonia is only a haphazard homology. But, bigger errors
in South America have been perpetuated because of homologies: for example,
the English "translation" of Capa de Hornos (Cape of the Ovens, because is
get so hot) to Cape Horn, or of Rio Plata (River of Silver) to River Plate.
So, while I will admire the flower for its own beauties and give due honor
to Viscount Milton, I will link the flower to our Mr. Milton, and like them
both all the more because of that link.
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> From: Gregory Machacek <Gregory.Machacek at marist.edu>
> Reply-To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 13:39:23 -0400
> To: John Milton Discussion List <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Miltonia
> The Bronx Botanical Gardens has an orchid show every year about this time.
> My wife and I went down for it on March 30th. I was intrigued to notice
> the number of species marked Miltonia. Unfortunately it's not our Milton.
> If you check the etymology, it turns out it comes from Charles Fitzwilliam,
> Viscount Milton, later third Earl Fitzwilliam (1786-1857), English
> politician and horticulturist. Bummer. Beautiful flowers, though.
> They're now my cell-phone screen saver.
> Greg Machacek
> Associate Professor of English
> Marist College
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