5 responses to “Cadaba farinosa”

  1. Diogenes

    Are the flowers fragrant like other members of Capparaceae?

  2. marilyn brown

    What a useful plant, to man, beast and landscape ! And the flower is lovely, too.

  3. Steve Edler

    What is the purpose of the farinose powder? In the Fairy Primrose (Primula malacoides) flavinoids are deposited on the leaves & give protection against freezing. Is there a similar effect with Cadaba farinosa?

  4. F. Joseph Peabody

    The alternate, and probably preferred, family name spelling is “Capparidaceae” as opposed to Capparaceae. The nominative singular in Latin is Capparis (hence some would say Capparaceae), but the genitive singular (from which the stem is found and forms the stem for the family name) is Capparidis. The family name is correctly formed by removing the ending of the genitive case (-is) and attaching the standard family ending (-aceae) yielding the family name Capparidaceae.
    I presume Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, author of the plant family Capparidaceae, would agree with me as he used this spelling.
    This situation is similar to the family name Asclepiadaceae. The genus name is Asclepias (nominative case) but the genitive case is Asclepiadis, hence the family name Asclepiadaceae, not Ascpeliaceae.
    When I mentioned this to Art Cronquist on one of our field trips he said that botanical Latin is not the same as classical Latin, which to me sounded like a feeble excuse for not following sound grammatical principles which had been used by classically trained botanists in years now past.

  5. Daniel Mosquin

    We follow the latest conventions by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (as best we can) for family names. They use Capparaceae nom. cons., so somewhere along the way, a taxonomic decision was made to continue to use (conserve) the name, even though it may not be the most valid one according to the strictest interpretation of the rules.
    Do note that I am not disagreeing with you on interpretation; after all, as you said, de Jussieu used Capparides. He also used Berberides, which became Berberidaceae.

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