1753: Linnaeus described this species as Canna indica in Species Plantarum, 1st edition, p. 1.
today: The current name for this species is Canna indica L.
original Latin description
Canna foliis ovatis utrinque acuminatis nervosis.
Canna with leaves ovate, at both ends acuminate, [and] veined.
English translation with commentary
|with leaves||foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i|
|ovate,||ovatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective ovatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis|
|at both ends||utrinque - adverb|
|acuminate,||acuminate - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective acuminatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis|
|[and]||added for smoother reading|
|veined.||nervosis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective nervosus, -a, -um|