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antioquiensis means 'of or from Antioquia (a region in north-western Colombia)'. [See Passiflora antioquiensis.]

Antirrhinum [genus name] is made up of Greek anti (like) and rhis (snout) components with reference to the flowers and a mask-like appearance, and is applied especially to snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). [See Antirrhinum majus.]

aparine is a Greek name for cleavers and also an earlier name for the Galium genus. [See Galium aparine.]

Aphelandra [genus name] is derived from Greek aphelo- (plain, simple) and andro- (man) components. [See Aphelandra.]

apiculata means 'ending abruptly in a short and/or sharp point'. [See Luma apiculata.]

apifera is derived from Latin api- (bee) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'bee-bearing' with reference to the flower's contended bee-like appearance that is said to attract drones. [See Ophrys apifera.]

Apios [genus name] is Greek (pear-shaped) with reference to the shape of the tubers of potato-bean (Apios americana).

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 Apios.]

Apium [genus name] is derived from Celtic apon (water) with reference to the plants' natural habitat, and is a classical Latin name for celery (or for parsley, Petroselinum). [See Apium.]

Apocynum [genus name] is derived from Greek apo- (asunder, away from) and cyno- (dog) components and is a classical Greek name for dogbane (by which both Apocynum androsaemifolium and Apocynum cannabinum species are known) or for another related plant.

In the language of flowers dogsbane is said to be a symbol of deceit.[See Apocynum.]

Aponogeton [genus name] is partly derived from an old Latin name for the warm healing springs south-west of Padua in Italy, Aquae Aponi. This name has changed at least twice since then, certainly to Abano Bagni and then in 1930 to Abano Terma familiar today. The other component is Greek -geiton (neighbour). Apparently the name Aponogeton had been applied previously to a water plant in another genus. [See Aponogeton.]


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