In article <3158649A.1EEF at printerworks.com> chris at printerworks.com writes:
>Does anybody know how I can find out what the Scientific designation
>(Genus species) for the Irish plant called "Blackthorn" or the
>English "Whitethorn" (a.k.a. simply "Thorn")?
Start with a dictionary. My Webster's New Collegiate tells me that
"blackthorn" is "1. a European spiny plum (Prunus spinosa)... and
2. any of several American hawthorns".
It doesn't list "whitethorn" but does have under "thorn...1...any of
a genus (Crataegus) of the rose family."
"Hawthorn" is "any of a genus (Crataegus)..." along with several specific
A lot of people are surprised that you can find such specific botanical
information out of a dictionary, but it almost always gives me a
clue as to where to go for more information without having to buy
or find some probably expensive, regionally specific botanical text
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