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In addition to searching through the individual botanical definitions you may now benefit also from browsing the extensive information gleaned through our research. This list has been compiled in alphabetic order according to the genus or species..

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Abelmoschus [genus name] is derived from Arabic abu-l-mosk (father of musk) with reference to the scented seeds. [See ... .]

Abies [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Latin abeo (to go away) with possible reference to the great height from ground level achieved by many of these species, and it is a classical Latin name for 'fir' particularly silver fir (Abies alba). [See Abies.]

abies is derived from the genus name Abies meaning 'like plants in that (fir) genus'. [See Picea abies.]

abrotanum is an ancient Latin name for southernwood meaning 'life-preserving'. [See Artemisia abrotanum.]

Abrus [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek abros (delicate) with reference to the soft leaves, and for others it is an Arabic name..

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it) to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Abrus.]

absinthium is an old Latin name for wormwood and also means 'absinthe flavouring'. [See Artemisia absinthium.]

Abutilon [genus name] is derived for some authorities from an Arabic name for a mallow-like plant (Malva), and for others from an Arabic name given to velvet leaf (Abutilon theophrasti) by the Arabian philosopher and physician, Avicenna (980-1037). [See Abutilon.]

abyssinica means 'of or from Ethiopia (Abyssinia)'. [See Hagenia abyssinica, Rosa abyssinica.]

Acalypha [genus name] is derived for some authorities from an ancient Greek name akalephe used for 'a nettle' the leaves of which were thought to be similar to those in this genus and for others possibly from Greek kalos (pleasant) and aphe (touch) components. [See Acalypha.]

acanthium is derived from the genus name Acanthus meaning 'either like plants in that genus, or spiny'.[See Onopordum acanthium.]


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