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Phragmites [genus name] is derived from Greek -phragma (fence, hedge, partition, screen) component meaning 'of or material for fences'. [See Phragmites.]

Phuopsis [genus name] is, for some authorities, derived from Greek phou or phu (a name for a kind of valerian, probably Valeriana phu) and -opsis (likeness) components meaning 'like plants in the Valeriana genus', and for others a reference to a similarity of smell of some valerians to crosswort (Phuopsis stylosa) the only species in this genus. [See Phuopsis.]

Phyla [genus name] is a corruption of Greek phylo- (tribe, class, order, race, union) component with reference to the compact flower heads. [See Phyla.]

Phyllanthus [genus name] is derived from Greek phyllo- (leaf) and antho- (flower) components with reference to the appearance of flowers on the edge of leaf-like branches in some species. [See Phyllanthus.]

Phyllocladus [genus name] is derived from Greek phyllo- (leaf) and clado- (branch) components with reference to the flattened leaf-like twigs or shoots. [See Phyllocladus.]

Phyllodoce [genus name] honours a Greek sea-nymph, Phyllodoce.

Apparently Carolus Linnaeus named many of the genera in this family after nymphs and goddesses. [See Phyllodoce.]

Phyllostylon [genus name] is derived from Greek phyllos (leaf) and stylos (pillar, pole) components with reference to the leafy part of the female reproductive organ. [See Phyllostylon.]

Physalis [genus name] is derived from Greek physo- (bellows, bladder) with reference to the fruit's outer casing. [See Physalis.]

Physoplexis [genus name] is derived from Greek physa (bellows, bladder) and pleco- (plaited, woven or twisted) components with reference to the shape of the fruit. [See Physoplexis.]

Physospermum [genus name] is derived from Greek physo- (bellows, bladder) and -sperma (seed, seeded) components meaning 'bladderseed' with reference to the inflated fruit. [See Physospermum.]


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