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annuum means 'annual'. [See Capsicum annuum var. glabriusculum, Capsicum annuum var. grossum, Capsicum annuum var. longum.]

annuus means 'annual'. [See Helianthus annuus.]

Anogeissus [genus name] means 'upward tiled' with reference to the scaly petalless flowerheads. [See Anogeissus.]

antarctica means 'of or from the South Polar region (in the botanical world anything south of 45ºS including Tierra del Fuego)'. [See Cissus antarctica, Dicksonia antarctica, Nothofagus antarctica.]

Antennaria [genus name] is derived from Latin antenna (a sailing ship's yard) that for some authorities is reference to the fluffy appearance of the male flowers and for others to the hairy fruit. [See Antennaria.]

anthelmia means 'expelling intestinal worms'. [See Spigelia anthelmia.]

Anthemis [genus name] is derived from Greek name -anthemon (flower).

The botanical name for Chamomile (now Chamaemelum nobile) used to be Anthemis nobile. [See Anthemis.]

Anthoxanthum [genus name] is made up of Greek antho- (flower) and xantho- (deep yellow) components with reference to the ripe spikes and is applied specifically to sweet vernal grass (Anthoxanthum odoratum). [See Anthoxanthum.]

Anthurium [genus name] is made up of Greek antho- (flower) and oura (tail, tailed) components with reference to the tail-like slender flower-spike. [See Anthurium.]

Anthyllis [genus name] is made up of Greek antho- (flower) and ioulos (down) components with reference to the outer covering of the flower and is applied particularly to kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria).

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 Anthyllis.]


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