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Floral Eponyms


In a way, flowers talk, or at least 'communicate'. Their color and fragrance more or less 'speak' to animals: the daisy, for instance, by absorbing all ultraviolet light except at the tips of the petals, presents (from the point of view of the bee the flower is trying to attract) a lit-up airfield with a ring of tiny illuminations around the dark target on which the bee can zero in. Speaking of flowers, why don't you zero in on the names of these flowers, all derived from personal names?