Dahlia

by Mikkal Noptek July. 08, 2014 2563 views

July 03, 2014

The naming of the plant itself has long been a subject of some confusion. Many sources state that the name “Dahlia” was bestowed by the pioneering Swedish botanist and taxonomist Carl Linnaeus to honor his late student, Anders Dahl, author of Observationes Botanicae. However, Linnaeus died in 1778, more than eleven years before the plant was introduced into Europe in 1789, so while it is generally agreed that the plant was named in honor of Dahl, who had died two years before, Linnaeus could not have been the one who did so. It was probably Abbe Antonio Jose Cavanilles, Director of the Royal Gardens of Madrid, who should be credited with the attempt to scientifically define the genus, since he not only received the first specimens from Mexico in 1789, but named the first three species that flowered from the cuttings.

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Finbarr 5 years, 4 months ago

Fantastic shots !

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Louise Hayes 5 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful set #4 to my favourites!

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Agnes Felber 5 years, 4 months ago

very nice specimens!

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Josy 5 years, 4 months ago

Merci de nous donner une piste pour expliquer le nom de cette fleur... qui sous votre regard devient originaux petits soleils !

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Sara G 5 years, 4 months ago

Love, love dahlias..so many beautiful colors..Mine are not the huge blooms these are..my first year to have any. Waiting for the potted dahlia to show itself..Great composition :-) Thanks for the history!

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 4 months ago

I like the compositions where there are two flowers, especially the second.

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