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sinensis means 'of or from China'. [See Angelica sinensis, Camellia sinensis, Celtis sinensis, Citrus sinensis, Nyssa sinensis, Wisteria sinensis.]

Sinningia [genus name] commemorates a German botanist and horticulturist, Wilhelm Sinning (1794-1874) who was Garden Supervisor of Bonn University's botanical garden from 1818-1846. He then lectured on botany from 1847-1857 and on horticulture from 1852-1874.

Authorities note that the familiar cultivated varieties of garden gloxinias were actually misnamed as they come from this genus not from the Gloxinia genus in the same Gesneriaceae family. [See Sinningia.]

sinuatum means 'wavy-edged' with reference to the leaves. [See Limonium sinuatum.]

siphilitica was chosen by the Swedish naturalist and physician, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), in recognition of the work of Pehr Kalm (1715-1779) one of his pupils. When Kalm was travelling in America he learnt that the plant was used by North American Indians in the treatment of venereal diseases. [See Lobelia siphilitica.]

sisalana means 'of or from the port of Sisal on the Mexican coast'. [See Agave sisalana.]

sisarum is a corruption of Arabic dgizer (carrot). [See Sium sisarum.]

Sisymbrium [genus name] is derived from a Greek name sisymbrion used for several plants. [See Sisymbrium.]

Sisyrinchium [genus name] is a classical Greek name for a different plant, possibly meaning 'swine snout' with reference to past use of roots as a pig delicacy. [See Sisyrinchium.]

sitchensis means 'of or from Sitka Island (now Baranof Island) in south-eastern Alaska'. [See Picea sitchensis, Romanzoffia sitchensis.]

Sium [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Celtic siu (water) and was a classical Greek name sion for a marsh plant. [See Sium.]


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