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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.]

Aporocactus [genus name] is made up of Greek aporia (perplexity, difficulty) and cactus (spiny plant) components. While this definition is now technically correct those who coined this name may have meant its use at the outset to be a reference to the genus Cactus which no longer exists. [See ... .]

aquatica means 'growing in or near water'. [See Catabrosa aquatica, Ipomoea aquatica, Limosella aquatica, Mentha aquatica, Nyssa aquatica, Oenanthe aquatica, Pachira aquatica, Phalaris aquatica, Planera aquatica, Zizania aquatica.]

aquaticum means 'growing in or near water'. [See Eryngium aquaticum, Myriophyllum aquaticum, Orontium aquaticum.]

aquaticus means 'growing in or near water'. [See Rumex aquaticus.]

aquatilis means 'growing in or near water'. [See Ranunculus aquatilis.]


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