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Polygonatum [genus name] is a corruption of a Greek name polygonaton derived from Greek poly- (many) and gony- (knee, kneed) components with reference to the many joints on the underground stem.

Some authorities note that species in this genus can be potentially poisonous and could cause vomiting and diarrhoea. [See Polygonatum.]

polygonifolius is derived from the genus name Polygonum and Latin -folia components meaning 'with leaves like those of that genus'. [See Potamogeton polygonifolius.]

Polygonum [genus name] is a corruption of a Greek name polygonon derived from Greek poly- (many) and gony- (knee, kneed) or gonos (offspring, seed) components with reference to the swollen-jointed stems or the many seeds. [See Polygonum.]

Polymnia [genus name] honours Polyhymnia (or Polymnia or She of Many or Sacred Hymns) the youngest of the seven Greek Muses of classical mythology. She was the Muse of song or sacred hymn, poetry, oratory and eloquence, as well as sometimes mime, dance, meditiation, agriculture or geometry. Invariably she is shown pensive or meditating, with a finger to her mouth, or occasionally veiled. [See Polymnia.]

polymorpha is derived from Greek poly- (many) and -morpha (shape) components meaning 'in many forms or variable'. [See Medicago polymorpha.]

polyphyllus is derived from Greek poly- (many) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'with many leaves (in botanical descriptions 'leaflets')'. [See Lupinus polyphyllus.]

Polypogon [genus name] is derived from Greek poly- (many) and pogon- (beard) components with reference to the wispy spikelets. [See Polypogon.]

Polyporus [genus name] is derived from Greek poly- (many) and -poros (passage, way, pore, opening) components with reference to the many minute pores on the under surface of these fungi. [See Polyporus.]

Polyscias [genus name] is derived from Greek poly- (many) and scia- (shade, shadow) components with reference to the large, collective umbrella-like flower clusters formed from many smaller ones. [See Polyscias.]

polystachyon is derived from Greek poly- (many) and stachyo- (spike, ear of corn) components meaning 'with many spikes'. [See Pennisetum polystachyon.]


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