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soulangiana commemorates a French cavalry officer, politician and horticulturist, Etienne Soulange-Bodin (1774-1846), in whose garden at Fromont outside Paris this accidental magnolia hybrid made its appearance in 1826. Napoleon Bonaparte decorated him with the Legion of Honour. [See Magnolia x soulangiana.]

Spartium [genus name] is a corruption of Greek sparto, itself derived from Greek sparton (esparto grass, in a different family), as the fibre from both had similar uses.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it) to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Spartium.]

Spathodea [genus name] is derived from Greek spatho- (blade, flower sheath) and -oides (like) components meaning 'spathe-like' with reference to the flower casing. [See Spathodea.]

spathulata means 'like a spatula or spoon-shaped, or broad and flat with rounded upper part'. [See Crataegus spathulata.]

speciosa is Latin (beautiful, showy, handsome, splendid). [See Chaenomeles speciosa, Oenothera speciosa, Sinningia speciosa.]

speciosum is Latin (beautiful, showy, handsome, splendid). [See Grammatophyllum speciosum, Pleurophyllum speciosum, Ribes speciosum.]

spectabilis is Latin (notable, remarkable, worth seeing) meaning 'showy or spectacular'. [See Dicentra spectabilis, Rubus spectabilis.]

spelta is a corruption of the common name for this species, spelt. [See Triticum spelta.]

sphaerocephalum is made up of Greek sphaero- (ball) and cephalo- (head) components meaning 'with a round head'. [See Allium sphaerocephalon.]

sphondylium is derived from Greek component sphondylo- (backbone). [See Heracleum sphondylium.]


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