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California Poppy (Eschscholzia)
Photos : February 2000, at Petchabun, Thailand (Nikon FM2n 105mm F.2.5)
|Finding the name and detail of the flowers is not
easy. After I got these pictures (taken during the trip to Phu Hin
Rongkhla), I searched the name and struck into the name Eschscholzia.
Here is article about the un-pronounceable name from Curtis Clark
Why does the genus have such a strange name?The genus was named by Adelbert von Chamisso in honor of his friend Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz, physician and naturalist on the Russian Kotzebue expedition that visited California.
Eschscholtz was of German parentage,
but his parents had settled in Russia.
Upon conversion back to German the name became "Eschscholtz"
with the doubled "sch".
This is not unexpected; "Eschscholtz" and "Eschscholz" would have been (and still are) pronounced the same in German, and at that time spelling was not firmly fixed in most European languages.
In his description of the new genus in 1820, Chamisso
called it Eschscholzia, which is the correct name according to the
provisions of the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.
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