A Description of New Netherland

By Adriaen Van der Donck; Charles T. Gehring et al. | Go to book overview

APPENDIX

A List and Suggested Identification
of the Latinized Plant Names
Recorded by Adriaen van der Donck

Unless otherwise noted, listed species are native. The plants appear in the order mentioned in the book.

Capilli veneris = Adiantum capillus-veneris, common maidenhair fern, not found in the Northeast. The native species in the area is northern maidenhair fern, A. pedatum.

Scholopentria = Scolopendria, a species name for a tropical fern. Within the lower forty-eight states one species is present, the introduced monarch fern, Phymatosorus scolopendria, found only in Florida.

Angelica = Angelica atropurpurea, purple-stem angelica; A. lucida, seacoast angelica; or A. venenosa, hairy angelica.

Polupodium = Polypodium, a widespread genus of ferns represented in the Northeast by Polypodium virginianum, rock polypody, and P. appalachianum, Appalachian polypody.

Verbascum album = Verbascum blattaria, V. phlomoides, V. thapsus, V. lychnitis, and others, common name mullein, all introduced Old World species.

Calteus sacerdotis = Unknown, but perhaps intending the genus Caltha, as in Caltha palustris, the yellow marsh marigold.

Atriplex hortense and marine = Atriplex hortensis, garden orache, an introduced plant. Marine is unknown. Atriplex is the genus name for the native saltbush.

Chortium = Unknown.

Turrites = Turritis glabra, also Arabis glabra, tower rockcress.

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