Botanical Latin Translations

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(updated 29 March 2023)

Canna indica L.

Taxonomic history:
   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.

English translation
Canna with leaves ovate, at both ends acuminate, [and] veined.

English translation with commentary

Canna Canna
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

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