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Pleioblastus [genus name] is derived from Greek pleio- (more) and -blastos (bud, shoot) components with reference to the several buds that appear at the stem joints. [See Pleioblastus.]

Pleiogynium [genus name] is derived from Greek pleio- (more) and gyno- (female).components with reference to the many female flower parts. [See Pleiogynium.]

Pleurophyllum [genus name] is derived from Greek pleuro- (rib, side) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'ribbed-leaved'. [See Pleurophyllum.]

plicata is derived from Latin plico (to fold, fold together) meaning 'folded or pleated'. [See Thuja plicata.]

plicatum is derived from Latin plico (to fold, fold together) meaning 'folded or pleated'. [See Viburnum plicatum.]

plumarius means 'feathered, frilled or plumed'. [See Dianthus plumarius.]

plumbaginoides is made up of the genus name Plumbago and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in the Plumbago genus'. [See Ceratostigma plumbaginoides.]

Plumbago [genus name] is derived from Latin plumbi (lead) with reference to a past belief that some species were an antidote for lead poisoning. [See Plumbago.]

Plumeria [genus name] commemorates a French botanist, Charles Plumier (1646-1704) who was a member of the religious order of Minims (they forsook meat and dairy products). Commissioned by the French Government in 1689, he explored the Antilles in the Caribbean and made accurate drawings of many plants including ferns. On his return to France he was appointed as royal botanist to the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638-1715) who sent him on two further expeditions to the Antilles in 1693 and 1695, the latter including Central America. He was setting out on a fourth visit in 1704, this time to Peru, when he died from pleurisy in Spain (near Cadiz). He drew about 6000 flora and fauna (two-thirds of which were plants) and he described hundreds of them. His interests extended to physics, mathematics and turning and in his earlier years he made scientific instruments. A compilation of some of his works was published in 1703 entitled Filicetum Americanum and other works include L'Art de tourner.

All the species in this genus can cause dermatitis and blistering on the skin. Overdoses taken internally can cause gastroenteritis and diarrhoea. [See Plumeria.]

Poa [genus name] is an ancient Greek word (grass, fodder). [See Poa.]


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