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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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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.]

Ardisia [genus name] is derived from Greek ardis (a point) with reference to the shape of part of the flower's male reproductive organ. [See Ardisia.]

Areca [genus name] is a corruption of a native Malabar (south-west Indian coast) name areec for betel nut (Areca catechu). [See Areca.]

Arenga [genus name] is a corruption of a Malayan name for these palms areng. [See Arenga.]

Arethusa [genus name] honours the wood nymph Arethusa, one of the fifty daughters of the Old Man of the Sea (Nereus). When the river god Alpheus fell in love with Arethusa, according to one version, the golden haired nereid escaped his pursuit and took refuge on the island of Sicily where the Greek moon goddess and huntress Artemis (for the Romans Diana) changed her into a spring. Another description suggests that Artemis transformed Arethusa into a stream which, after running under the sea, emerged on the island of Sicily in the form of a fountain. [See Arethusa.]


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