02 March 2006

On the other hand

I've always disdained the American need to sanitize rape (Brassica spp.) as "canola." But a few weeks ago I encountered Orobanche uniflora out of the the corner of my eye at the botanic garden, along with its common name:

Naked Broom Rape

Jesus Christ people, can't you think of something else to call it? I'll take Strawberry Latte.


Blogger AXG said...

Abner Louima.

3/03/2006 9:34 PM  
Blogger mmw said...

You're so street.

3/06/2006 3:23 PM  
Anonymous kk said...

I first saw a field of rape in bloom in the French countryside. Beautiful, blue flowers. I asked what it was: colza. We looked it up for the English translation: rape. Uh, no, I said. That's not it. Quite sure, that's wrong. Ah, the days when I had faith in the good sense of botanists...

3/06/2006 3:59 PM  

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