Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0015528, Tue, 2 Oct 2007 14:26:13 EDT

Re: THOUGHTS: Hazel Shade & Catskin/Catkins
In a message dated 10/2/2007 12:17:35 PM Central Daylight Time,
b.boyd@AUCKLAND.AC.NZ writes:
> Matt Roth asks:
> (Btw, has anyone ever pointed out that Toothwort--the plant--specifically
> feeds on Hazel roots? I have not found this noted anywhere in Boyd or
> elsewhere).
> It is the Palearctic Toothwort, plants of the genus Lathraea, and not the
> quite unrelated North American Toothwort (Cardamine concatenata, syn. Dentaria
> lacinata) which parasitizes hazel roots. As Shade and Nabokov would know, the
> rather local Toothwort White butterfly could not feed on the flowers of this
> European family without crossing the Atlantic.
> Brian Boyd
VN would have surely known this. Would Shade have? I wonder how much of his
natural knowledge and "names of things" were picked up during his walks with
Hertzler, the farmer.

Sam Gwynn

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