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Physostegia [genus name] is derived from Greek physo- (bellows, bladder) and stego- (covering, shelter) components with reference to parts of the fruit. [See Physostegia.]

Phytolacca [genus name] is derived from Greek phyto- (plant) and Latin lacca components, the latter derived from Hindi lakh or Arabic lakka (coloured), with reference to the lac insect or its resinous scarlet secretion (lac) and the black stain that can be obtained from the fruit.

Species in this genus are poisonous (particularly their unripe fruit and the root). [See Phytolacca.]

Picea [genus name] is a classical Latin name for spruce fir (a pitch-producing pine), itself derived from Latin pix (pitch).

Resin from many members of the pine family yields a pitch needed for such products as oil of turpentine, rosin and oil of tar. [See Picea.]

Picramnia [genus name] is derived from Greek picros (bitter) with reference to the taste of these species. [See Picramnia.]

Picrasma [genus name] is derived from Greek picros (bitter) with reference to the taste of these species. [See Picrasma.]

Picris [genus name] is a classical Greek name given to a kind of bitter herb. [See Picris.]

picta is Latin (painting, drawing) meaning 'painted or brightly coloured'. [See Phalaris arundinacea var. picta.]

pigra is Latin (sluggish, lazy, unwilling or slow) with reference to the response of the leaves to touch. [See Mimosa pigra.]

Pikea [genus name] commemorates Captain Nicolas Pike of Boston. He collected this seaweed (probably in 1842) and first brought it to the attention of botanists, especially an Irish botanist, William Henry Harvey (1811-1866), who was professor of botany at Dublin and first described it in 1853. [See Pikea.]

Pilea [genus name] is derived from Latin pilleus (close-fitting cap) with reference to the shape of the female flowers. [See Pilea.]


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