This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
To the Editor: - I notice that in the August number of the Horticulturist, you have adopted Don's derivation of the genus adlumia from ad lumino, to fringe with purple.
Rafinesque, whose rage for making new genera was even greater than bis sagacity - and he was no mean botanist. - gave no clue to the name in the paper in which he founded this genus; and Don's derivation is a mere guess at what he thought would explain it. There is no doubt however about the name being given in honor of Adlum, one of the first large vine growers of the United States. This happy method of commemorating genius and industry, will preserve for ages names that would otherwise have been long since sunk into oblivion. When such men as our own Darlington, Torrey and Gray, as Bartram, and Marshall, and Colden, receive the honors, we can all applaud the distinction. What a pretty thought to have a commemorative garden. Sir James Edward has forestalled the name in his Smithia, or we might have a niche* in this floral Temple of Fame for the Editor of the Horticulturist. A Rambler in the Woods.
* Instead of a niche only, why not hare a mile of plants in the temple, so that all "the genus" might be commerbo rated. Note - It ii no longer considered fashionable to remark upon names, else we should observe that a scientific writer in the Ohio Farmar, and a good writer he is, was named by his parents, Theodatus Garlick, and that some body of the learned have added M. D. to it; we have too in Philadelphia a Dr. Toothaker.