Botanical Latin Translations

a project of V. F. Thomas Co.
P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653
info@vfthomas.com

(updated 12 January 2019)





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

Latin description
Canna foliis ovatis utrinque acuminatis nervosis.


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



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
acuminatis, acuminate - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective acuminatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] added for smoother reading
nerved. nervosis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective nervosus, -a, -um