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Butomus [genus name] is made up of Greek bou- (cow, ox) and tomo- (cut, piece, slice) components with reference to the leaves that are sharp enough to cut the mouths of cattle. [See Butomus.]

buxifolium is made up of the genus name Buxus and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (box) genus'. [See ... .]

Buxus [genus name] is derived from Greek puknos (close, dense) and is a classical Latin name for the box tree (Buxus sempervirens). [See Buxus.]

Byrsonima [genus name] is of obscure derivation. [See Byrsonima.]

baccifera is derived from Latin bacci- (berry) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components. [See Rhipsalis baccifera, Silene baccifera.]

buckleyi commemorates an American geologist and naturalist, Samuel Botsford Buckley (1809-1884) who seems to have attracted controversial recognition among his peers. His collecting expeditions in Tennessee and the Carolinas in the early 1840s yielded 24 new plant species for which he is said to have been credited and these discoveries led to a new genus being named after him ie. Buckleya. In 1860-1861 he was an Assistant under Benjamin F. Shumard who led the first Texas Geological Survey. From 1874-1877 he was state geologist for Texas. During his lifetime he collected many plants, in the southern States in particular, and these were to form his herbarium which contained about 6000 specimens. [See Quercus buckleyi.]

balsamita is derived from Latin balsamum (sweet-smelling balsam) with reference to the aromatic leaves. [See Tanacetum balsamita.]

baudotii may commemorate a German amateur botanist, Herr Baudot, who is believed to have been alive in 1837. [See Ranunculus peltatus subsp. baudotii.]

baurii honours a Moravian (now in the Czech Republic) missionary, pharmacist and plant collector, Reverend Leopold Baur (1825-1889) who arrived in the Eastern Cape, South Africa in 1847. He was introduced to Cape botany and to botanical collecting by the German-born plant and insect collector, Karl Zeyher (1799-1858) and, ultimately, this would dominate his missionary work. [See Rhodohypoxis baurii.]

Ballota [genus name] is derived from Greek ballo (to reject) and is the Greek name for black horehound (Ballota nigra). [See Ballota.]


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