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In addition to searching through the individual botanical definitions you may now benefit also from browsing the extensive information gleaned through our research. This list has been compiled in alphabetic order according to the genus or species..

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Pistia [genus name] is derived from Greek pistos (water) with reference to an aquatic environment. [See Pistia.]

Pithecellobium [genus name] is derived from Greek pitheco- (monkey, ape) and ellobion (ear-ring) components.

Initially Pithecellobium was spelt Pithecollobium.

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 Pithecellobium.]

Pittosporum [genus name] is derived from Greek pitta (pitch, tar) and sporo- (seed) components with reference to the sticky resin in which the seeds are embedded. [See Pittosporum.]

planifolia is derived from Latin planus (flat, even, level) and -folia (leaved) components meaning 'flat-leaved'. [See Vanilla planifolia.]

plantaginea is derived from the genus name Plantago meaning 'plantain-like'. [See Hosta plantaginea.]

plantaginifolia is made up of the genus name Plantago and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of plantain (Plantago major)'. [See Antennaria plantaginifolia.]

Plantago [genus name] is derived from Latin planta (sole of the foot) with particular reference to the broad, flat leaves of greater plantain (Plantago major), and is a Latin name for these species.

The high content of mucilage (a sticky substance) in the seeds of some of the Plantago species enable them to swell in water and this mechanism is harnessed in many medicinal and cosmetic preparations. [See Plantago.]

planum is Latin (flat, even, level) meaning 'flat or in one plane'. [See Eryngium planum.]

platanoides is made up of the genus name Platanus and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like a plane tree (Platanus)'. [See Acer platanoides.]

Platanus [genus name] is derived from platanos the classical Greek name for the oriental plane (Platanus orientalis), probably derived from Greek platy- (wide, flat), with reference either to the palm-shaped leaves and/or the wide-spreading branches. [See Platanus.]


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