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the indian bean tree is not from india, does not grow beans and the botanical name catalpa should really be catawba. so what’s going on?

when details of catalpa bignonioides were first recorded in the south east of the united states, the botanist who did so wanted to name the genus after the local native american (or red indian as they were then known) tribe. his transcription of their name, catawba, was incorrectly recorded as catalpa and the tree is now also known as the southern catalpa.

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