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question about botanical names

Posted by robyn26 zone 5 MI (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 14, 02 at 19:27

i have been working at a health food store for a year now. in this time i have noticed four seemingly different plants (since visiting this site i see many more). if i miss spell any of these please excuse me, spelling was never my strong suit, avena sativa(oats), lettuca sativa(lettuce),canabis sativa(marijuna), and < i can't remember >sativa(alfalfa).
my question is, what does sativa represent, what does it mean? i don't see a visible connection to these plants, or to a pear or any of the others mentioned in my search of sativa.if any one could please tell me! i have been looking through all the books i can get my hands on and it is driving my crazy! it seems that every day i find more with that name.

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RE: question about botanical names

Sativa from sativum meaning cultivated.

RE: question about botanical names

An odd thing robyn I agree even with the definition (sown or cultivated) I think it is used to distinguish from the wild form which would be sylvestris or ferus.

RE: question about botanical names

thank you sooo much!!! now i understand how so many different plants would have the same name. so all of those varieties have been farmed, therefore named sativa. thank you again.

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