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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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21 March, 2015

Lords and Ladies: the name game | Nature Notes from Dorset

I guess many of us struggle with Latin scientific names. They are so much harder to remember than the English common name. Specific names are important however and this plant really shows why that is so. This is lord's and ladies but is also known as wild arum, cuckoo-pint, snakeshead, adder's root, arum lily, devils and angels, cows and bulls, Adam and Eve, bobbins, naked boys, starch-root, wake robin, friar's cowl, jack in the pulpit and arum lily but is specifically known as Arum maculatum
 
Local English names can cause so much confusion. With birds there is the 'official' list of English names but not so with flora. The specific name is international, everywhere in the world where this plant occurs it will be specifically known as Arum maculatum.

Read more: Lords and Ladies: the name game | Nature Notes from Dorset