Episode #79 | Original Air Date: June 18, 2020
What’s in a name? Some of the common names we use for plants can be misleading.
In some cases, a plant’s common name is botanically incorrect. Sagos and cardboard palms aren’t palms at all. They’re cycads--a primitive plant group that’s been around since the time of the dinosaurs.
Swedish ivy is neither an ivy nor Swedish. It’s actually a South African relative of Cuban oregano.
And don’t blame the Spanish for that moss in your trees. Spanish moss is native to the Americas, and is a bromeliad that is related to the pineapple.
Common names can be fun, but confusing. When in doubt it’s helpful to refer to a plant’s Latin name.
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