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moscheutos means 'musk scented'. [See Hibiscus moscheutos.]

mucronata is derived from Latin mucro (sharp point, sharp edge) meaning 'with a short sharp tip'. [See Gaultheria mucronata, Rhizophora mucronata.]

Mucuna [genus name] is a local name of a Brazilian species in this genus.

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 Mucuna.]

Muehlenbeckia [genus name] commemorates a French physician, Henri Gustav Muehlenbeck (1798-1845), who was also an amateur botanist and plant collector with an especial interest in the flora of the French Alsace region. [See Muehlenbeckia.]

mugo is an old Tyrolean name for this species, the dwarf mountain pine. [See Pinus mugo.]

multifida is Latin (cloven into many parts) meaning 'divided many times'. [See Jatropha multifida, Lavandula multifida, Pteris multifida.]

multiflorum is derived from Latin multi- (many) and -flora (flower) components meaning 'many flowered'. [See Polygonatum multiflorum.]

mume is derived from a Japanese name for the Japanese apricot (Prunus mume), Ume. [See Prunus mume.]

munitum is derived from Latin munio (fortify) meaning 'armed, fortified' with reference to the toothed and sharply edged leaflets. [See Polystichum munitum.]

Muntingia [genus name] commemorates a Dutch physician and botanist, Abraham Munting (1626-1683) who was a professor of botany at Groningen in the north-eastern Netherlands and director of the botanical garden there, known as Paradijs van Groningen. Previously founded by his father in 1642, Munting enlarged the garden, no doubt with some of the seeds of exotic plants sent to him from all over the world and it drew many visitors (and still does). He wrote several works about plants from the botanical garden and included not only names in Latin and vernacular but also the positions of the planets to indicate the best conditions for their cultivation. These works are illustrated in an unsual style in which an enlarged plant dominates a miniaturised distant landscape. His publications include Waare oeffening der planten. [See Muntingia.]


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