Botanical Latin Translations

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Canna indica L.
(Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile)

original Latin description
Canna foliis ovatis utrinque acuminatis nervosis.

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



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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