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Aralia [genus name] is for some authorities a corruption of a French-Canadian name aralie that itself may have been derived from a North American Indian name for the plant. [See Aralia.]

araucana means 'of or from the Arauco district in Chile' and, for some, also honours the Araucari Chilean Indian tribe. [See Araucaria araucana.]

Araucaria [genus name] refers for some botanists to one of the species in the genus, the South American monkey-puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) and honours the Araucaris, a central Chilean Indian tribe in whose territory the tree is native. [See Araucaria.]

arborescens is derived from Latin arbor (tree) meaning 'tree-like or tending to be woody'. [See Artemisia arborescens, Colutea arborescens, Heliotropium arborescens, Hydrangea arborescens.]

arboreus is derived from Latin arbor (tree) meaning 'tree-like or tending to be woody'. [See Lupinus arboreus.]

arbor-tristis means 'sad tree' with reference to ..... . [See Nyctanthes arbor-tristis.]

arbutifolia is made up of the genus name Arbutus and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (wild strawberry tree) genus'. [See Aronia arbutifolia.]

Arbutus [genus name] is derived for some from Celtic arboise (rough-fruited) and is a Latin name for the wild strawberry-tree (Arbutus unedo). [See Arbutus.]

Arctium [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek arcto- (bear) while others believe that it may come from a Greek name arction for an unidentified plant (possibly a mullein, Verbascum genus). [See Arctium.]

Arctostaphylos [genus name] is made up of Greek arcto- (bear) and staphylo- (grape, bunch of grapes) components and it is said that the fruit of these species are a bear delicacy. [See Arctostaphylos.]


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