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Latin and Poetry

My first question! Be gentle. ;)

I'm writing a piece of poetry that requires mentioning of a plant, but the Latin name must be used. I'm not sure how to handle this!

The original line: "Hughes had his daffodils, and all I have is the music to 'Blue in Green.'"

The Latin name for my daffodil is Narcissus pseudonarcissus, but I'm talking about multiple daffodils, and therefore the Latin would change to pseudonarcissodes. However, would this still apply to a scientific name? Is the original singular name the correct form, even if the noun is supposed to be in the plural form?

Thanks in advance!

Special brownie points if you know what my line is referring to!
Tags: ~languages: latin
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