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1st formal Edition of the CD of Plant Biographies (or Plant's Eye View of the Planet and Man). About 1000 extra pages which include a dramatic expansion of R genera plus other additions and changes.


Browse the Botanical Definitions

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..

To browse the definitions please click on one of the buttons below to see the section under that letter. In some cases there may be no words under a particular letter.



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Galinsoga [genus name] commemorates a Spanish botanist and court physician, Mariano Martinez de Galinsoga (1766-1797) who was also a Director of the Madrid Botanic Garden. [See Galinsoga.]

Galium [genus name] is derived from Greek galacto- (milk) with reference to the use of some of the species for curdling milk. [See Galium.]

gallica means 'of or from France'. [See Rosa gallica, Rosa gallica var. officinalis, Tamarix gallica.]

Galtonia [genus name] commemorates an English explorer, inventor, statistician and scientist (embracing anthropology, eugenics, genetics, biology, psychology, psychometry, geography and meteorology), Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) who was a half-cousin of Charles Darwin (they shared a common grandparent in Erasmus Darwin), and a prolific writer. In his earlier years he journeyed through Europe, East Africa and the Middle East. But his exploration in the early 1850s and subsequent book on his travels in south-western Africa (today's Namibia which was then little known) earned him the Gold Medal from the Royal Geographical Society and the Silver Medal from the French Geographical Society, particularly for his cartographic survey which this included. (Apparently during his travels in Africa he decorously measured Hottentot women with a theodolite.) During his lifetime his significant and broad-ranging scientific contributions led to, amongst other things, not only descriptions of anti-cyclones (which ultimately enabled today's weather mapping) but also the establishment of fingerprinting for human identification (still accepted in law courts today). His fascination with his cousin's work on evolution was the basis from which many of his other important contributions to science stemmed and it was Galton who first adopted the term 'eugenics' for the subject of race development. He was awarded many scientific honours, was a Fellow of The Royal Society and a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Athenaeum Club. Of his many books and articles those particularly highlighted include Narrative of an Explorer on Tropical South Africa, The Art of Travel, Hereditary Genius, English Men of Science: Their Nature and Nurture, and Inquiries in Human Faculty and Development. [See ... .]

Gelsemium [genus name] is derived from Italian gelsomino (jasmine). [See Gelsemium.]

gemmifera is derived from Latin gemma (bud) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components. [See Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera.]

Genipa [genus name] is a corruption of a local Guyanesian name for Genip (Genipa americana). [See Genipa.]

Genista [genus name] is a classical Latin name for broom (Cytisus scoparius) used by the Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC) and some authorities wonder whether it is partly derived from Celtic gen (a bush used for dyeing).

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 Genista.]

Genistella [genus name] means a smaller version of plants in the Genista genus. [See ....]

Gentianella [genus name] is the diminutive derived from the genus name Gentiana. The plants of this genus have a similar appearance to those of its close relative Gentiana. [See Gentianella.]

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