FAQs

Why don’t you provide pronunciations of Latin or scientific names?

While Latin works well as a written way to communicate scientific names, it isn’t as strong for spoken communication. Pronunciations can vary locally, regionally, and internationally. For example, Acer (maples) is pronounced by some as “a-ser” and by others as “a-ker”. Another example is Populus (aspens and cottonwoods): “pop-u-lus” and “pope-u-lus”. Yet one more example is Fuchsia, pronounced by almost everyone as “fyoosh-ee-a” or “fyoosh-uh”, but properly pronounced as “fooks-ee-a”. Given that Botany Photo of the Day has an international audience, asserting pronunciations will possibly lead to arguments about details thereby detracting from the bigger picture we prefer to address.

Why don’t you provide hardiness zone information?

Commenters are welcome to add hardiness zone information to supplement what is written, but as Botany Photo of the Day has an international audience, there is no single standard system that would properly communicate zone information to all readers. You can read more about the different kinds of hardiness zones via Wikipedia: Hardiness Zones.