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1st formal Edition of the CD of Plant Biographies (or Plant's Eye View of the Planet and Man). About 1000 extra pages which include a dramatic expansion of R genera plus other additions and changes.


Browse the Botanical Definitions

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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Anagallis [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek anagalein (delight), and for others recalls a fable that gave the plant the power to ease melancholy (a quality often attributed specifically to scarlet pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis). [See Anagallis.]

Anaphalis [genus name] is for some authorities a classical Greek name for a plant in this genus, and for others it was used by ancient Greeks for an everlasting plant of similar appearance from another genus. [See Anaphalis.]

Anastatica [genus name] is derived from Greek anastasis (resurrection) with reference to the revitalization of the Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica) which becomes dried balls of twigs during a period of drought and then revives when the rains come and the twigs get covered in water. [See Anastatica.]

Anchusa [genus name] is derived from Greek ankousa (a cosmetic paint) with reference to the use of some of the plants in this genus for making rouge. [See Anchusa.]

andraeanum commemorates a French horticulturist and landscape architect, Édouard François André (1840-1911), who was especially noted for his designs of public spaces and private parks, primarily in Europe. In 1860 (he was only 20) he became Jardinier Principal (Head Gardener) of Paris and in this capacity, as a member of a team, was responsible in that decade for establishing the boulevards and parks of Paris familiar to this day, notably by him Jardins des Tuileries and Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. In 1866 he won an international competition for the design of Sefton Park, Liverpool and this was the forerunner of many European commissions from Russia to Madeira. In addition to those above, authorities note especially Villa Borghese, Weldheim Garden, parks and gardens in Luxembourg and Monte Carlo, Funchal Garden on Madeira and Palanga Botanical Park in Lithuania. The French Government sent him to South America in 1875 where he collected 3400 plant specimens. His private garden included an experimental nursery which benefited from his horticultural knowledge and he appears to have displayed particular interest in Bromeliads. He also found time to develop a large herbarium. Founded in 1873/1874 the École d'Horticulture de Versailles (the predecessor of École Nationale Supérieure d'Horticulture) boasted André as its first professor in 1892. His published works include L'Art des Jardins which is said to encapsulate his landscaping principles. [See Anthurium andraeanum.]

Andropogon [genus name] is derived from Greek aner or andro- (man) and pogon- (beard) components with reference to the hairy spikelets on some species. [See Andropogon.]

androsaemifolium is made up of the genus name Androsaemum and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that genus', a genus that has been re-named Hypericum and contains perforate St. John's-wort (Hypericum perforatum). [See Apocynum androsaemifolium.]

Anemone [genus name] is for some authorities derived from Greek anemo- (wind) and mone (a habitation) components as some of the species enjoy windy sites, and for others it is a corruption of another Greek word or is of Semitic origin.

The plants in this genus are potentially poisonous.

In the language of flowers anemone is said to symbolize ‘expectation’, ‘forsaken’ or ‘sickness’. [See Anemone.]

Anemonoides [genus name] is made up of the genus name Anemone and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See ... .]

Anethum [genus name] is derived from Greek ano (upwards) and theo (I run) components with reference to a fast-growing plant and is a Greek name for dill (Anethum graveolens). [See Anethum.]

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