Jan 19

Wiki-illiams Quizz 2018. Round 6

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1 Takes its name from James I’s physician?

2 Is a drupe of drupelets brought together by a Californian judge?

3 South American lily takes its name from an alumnus of Uppsala University?

4 Tuber is named after that alumnus’s Curator at his natural museum and garden?

5 Heated fire-iron was named after a renowned herbalist and rector of Erfurt University?

6 Shrub is named after a Pomeranian polymath, who was physician to the House of Holstein-Gottorp?

7 Is named after a Montpellier academic, who proposed a classification of plant families?

8 Was found in Mexico by an envoy, who was later the eighth president’s war minister?

9 Tuberous cultivar is named after a sometime Intendant on Hispaniola?

10 Was named after the physician to Mark Antony’s son-in-law?


  1. 1
    jeff w on 5 Jan 2019 #

    8 is poinsettia named (outside Mexico) after Joel Poinsett. I think the theme here is physicians or herbalists or both

  2. 2
    mark sinker on 5 Jan 2019 #

    my favourite fact from the book of the history of the naming of flowers i bought my dad for what turned out to be his final xmas was this: there was a german botanist named fuchs — renownedly contentious and difficult and prone to general dismissive flamewars with his contemporaries in his field — and on his death his colleagues, in exasperated affection, named the FUSCHIA after him, bcz of its delicate subtlety lol. anyway maybe that’s an answer here.

    (in case anyone hasn’t spotted it, i am too busily involved in my book promo work to contribute much more than drive-by guesses this year, let alone run this as in time gone by on LJ: so massive thanks to alan for taking up the task, which is great fun but quite fiddly)

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    enitharmon on 5 Jan 2019 #

    2. is loganberry after James Logan.

  4. 4
    anatol_merklich on 5 Jan 2019 #

    5: AFAIK a couple of varieties of iron resulting from heating are bainite (bainsite?) and martensite (martenite?); Martens sounds reasonably German, so martensite would be my guess.

    Linnea is a plant, right? Any chance it fits on 3 or 4?

  5. 5
    enitharmon on 6 Jan 2019 #

    5 has got to be red hot poker surely. Latin name?

  6. 6
    mark sinker on 6 Jan 2019 #

    latin name for red hot poker is “kniphofia” and johann hieronymus kniphof was indeed herbalist and later rector of erfurt university

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    enitharmon on 6 Jan 2019 #

    Anatol @ 4: There is indeed a plant called Linnea, after Carl Linnaeus who was an alumnus of Uppsala University, but it’s not a lily. Linnaeus did have students of his own at Uppsala though. One was Clas Alströmer, who gave his name to the Peruvian lily Alstroemeria sp. and the other was Anders Dahl. Dahl had to drop out of his studies but on Linnaeus’s recommendation went to work for Alströmer as curator of his museum. No doubt he spent part of his time there growing dahlias. So:

    3. Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria)
    4. Dahlia

    Furthermore, 10 rang some bells relating to I, Claudius, of which I don’t currently own a copy but have read several times over the years. I spent a lot of time barking up the wrong tree – from that book I recalled that Claudius’s father Drusus Germanicus was Mark Antony’s son-in-law and that Augustus had a physician called Musa, and Musa is the banana genus. Augustus was not MA’s son-in-law but I do recall that the formidable Livia despatched Musa to Gaul after Drusus had a riding accident, allegedly to finish him off to help clear the way for her own son Tiberius to be come Emperor. I thought that fitted perfectly and I was very clever for working it out. It was quite wrong. Antony had another son-in-law, married to his daughter by Cleopatra, who was King Juba of Mauretania. Juba had his own personal physician who, as it happens, was Musa’s brother, Euphorbius…

    So 10. Euphorbia, the spurge genus.

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