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.

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