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Ravenala [genus name] is derived from a local Madagascan name. [See Ravenala.]

reclinata is derived from Latin reclino (to bend back) meaning 'bent backwards, drooping to the ground or leaning'. [See Phoenix reclinata.]

recta is Latin (straight) meaning 'erect, upright or straight'. [See Clematis recta.]

recurva is derived from Latin recurvo (to bend backwards, curve backwards). [See Minuartia recurva.]

recurvata is derived from Latin recurvo (to bend backwards, curve backwards) meaning 'curved backwards'. [See Nolina recurvata.]

reflexa is derived from Latin reflexum (to turn back, bend back) meaning 'turned back, reflexed or curved sharply backwards'. [See Correa reflexa.]

regale is Latin (royal, regal) meaning 'royal or of outstanding merit'. [See Lilium regale.]

regalis is Latin (royal, regal) meaning 'royal or of outstanding merit'. [See Consolida regalis, Osmunda regalis.]

regelii commemorates the German horticulturist and botanist, Dr. Eduard August von Regel (1815-1892). He began his career as a trainee gardener in Gotha, Göttingen, Bonn and Berlin, eventually becoming Head Gardener at the Botanical Gardens in Zurich (while lecturing at the University) from 1842-1855. In 1852 he established Gartenflora, a magazine which described many new species and in 1855 received a D.Phil. from Zurich. That same year he moved to St. Petersburg Imperial Botanic Garden (his involvement with Gartenflora staying with him) and remained there until his death. He was appointed scientific director of the Botanic Garden in 1857; was first botanist in 1867 and ultimately Director from 1875-1892. Regel was a founder of the Russian Horticultural Association and in 1875 he became an Associate Member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences. He is said to have named over 3000 new plant species during his lifetime and he also described a large number of new species from the many plant collections he received from explorers from all over the world. He published many works including some on the Betulaceae family and the Allium genus, as well as on Central Asian flora. [See Smilax regelii.]

regia is Latin (royal, regal) meaning 'royal or princely'. [See Delonix regia, Juglans regia, Roystonea regia.]


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