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palmeri commemorates an English-born American, Edward Palmer (1831-1911) who was a surgeon, and an amateur naturalist and specimen collector (plants and animals). He emigrated to the United States in 1849. He collected marine invertebrates on the California State Geological Survey of 1861 and, in the following years, plant (some authorities say over 100,000) and zoological specimens as well as archaeological artefacts, primarily in California (south-western United States), Mexico and South America for various patrons. [See Amaranthus palmeri, Penstemon palmeri.]

palmetto means 'small palm'. [See Sabal palmetto.]

palustris is derived from Latin palus (bog, marsh) meaning 'of or from bogs, swamps or marshes'. [See Calla palustris, Caltha palustris, Dirca palustris, Eleocharis palustris, Hottonia palustris, Lathyrus palustris, Ludwigia palustris, Parnassia palustris, Pedicularis palustris, Pinus palustris, Potentilla palustris, Psophocarpus palustris, Quercus palustris, Rorippa palustris, Rosa palustris, Rumex palustris, Sonchus palustris, Stachys palustris.]

Pancratium [genus name] is for some authorities a Greek name for a bulbous plant, and for others it is derived from Greek pan- (all) and crato- (strong) components with reference to medicinal use in past times. [See Pancratium.]

Pandanus [genus name] is a corruption of a local Malaysian name pandan. [See Pandanus.]

pandurata means 'fiddle-shaped'. [See Ipomoea pandurata.]

paniculata means 'pyramidal flower clusters'. [See Andrographis paniculata, Gypsophila paniculata, Murraya paniculata, Neslia paniculata, Peltogyne paniculata, Phlox paniculata, Uniola paniculata.]

papilionacea is derived from Latin papilio (butterfly) meaning 'like a butterfly'. [See Orchis papilionacea.]

papyrifera is derived from Greek papyro- (paper) and Latin -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'paper-bearing or papery' with reference to the bark. [See Betula papyrifera, Broussonetia papyrifera.]

papyrus is derived from Greek papyro- (paper) and is the name given to the material made from the stem fibres. [See Cyperus papyrus.]


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