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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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Acanthus [genus name] is derived from Greek acantho (prickle, spine) with reference to the spiny nature of some of the species.

In the language of flowers Acanthus is said to symbolize 'artifice' or 'the fine arts'. [See Acanthus.]

acaulis means 'stemless (or nearly so)'. [See Carlina acaulis, Gentiana acaulis, Silene acaulis.]

Acca [genus name] is a local Peruvian name. [See Acca.]

acephala means 'headless'. [See Brassica oleracea var. acephala.]

Acer [genus name] is derived from Latin acer (hard, sharp) or possibly Celtic ac (point) with reference to the past use of acer wood as writing tablets and spear shafts, and is the Latin name for 'maple tree'.

Authorities note that in the context of companion planting most maples inhibit the growth of nearby plants. [See Acer.]

acerifolium is made up of the genus name Acer and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (maple) genus'. [See Viburnum acerifolium.]

acetosa is derived from Latin acetum (vinegar) and is a Latin name for plants with acidic leaves. [See Rumex acetosa, Rumex acetosa var. hortensis.]

acetosella is derived from Latin acetum (vinegar) and is a Latin name for plants with mildly acidic leaves. [See Oxalis acetosella, Rumex acetosella.]

Achlys [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek akhlus (mist, obscure) and for others it is named after a minor Greek goddess of hidden places with reference to the species' preference for woodland sites. [See Achlys.]

acidissima means 'extremely sour'. [See Limonia acidissima.]


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