Still ploughing through my backed up email, and here's a little essay by Carol Kaesuk Yoon that Joe Francis alerted me to. I really like it. It echoes a lot of themes from Understanding the Pattern of Life, but it also introduced me to the wonderful term daffodility. I shall use that in my classes from now on.
Reviving the Lost Art of Naming the World
Sounds like I should get her book Naming Nature: The Clash between Instinct and Science.