Wood type in capitals?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Beemouse, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Beemouse Junior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Canada)
    Hello,

    I was wondering, do types of wood need to be capitalized?
    ex. " For special occasions or festivals, the blackwood chairs would be dressed with embroidered covers"

    Is blackwood capitalized? I vote for yes, but would like to be sure.

    Thanks in advance for any help or reference point!

     
  2. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    SW London
    British English
    I have never seen the type of wood capitalised.
    Hermione
     
  3. Beemouse Junior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Canada)
    And how about flowers? ex. " a stalk of the ixora flower".
     
  4. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    I wouldn't, unless the you're using the Genus name of the tree.

    E.g.

    The desk was made of pine.
    vs
    The desk was made of Pinus wood.
     
  5. Beemouse Junior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Canada)
    Great, thanks.

    And how about flowers? ex. " a stalk of the ixora flower".
     
  6. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    Well, Ixora is a genus name, so I would capitalise it in this case.

    However, if you were using the common name, I wouldn't capitalise it.

    E.g.

    According to Wikipedia, Ixora's common name is rangan, or West Indian jasmine.
     
  7. Beemouse Junior Member

    Paris, France
    English (Canada)
    Thank you very much Nzfauna!
     

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