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Genista [genus name] is a classical Latin name for broom (Cytisus scoparius) used by the Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC) and some authorities wonder whether it is partly derived from Celtic gen (a bush used for dyeing).

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 Genista.]

Genistella [genus name] means a smaller version of plants in the Genista genus. [See ....]

Gentianella [genus name] is the diminutive derived from the genus name Gentiana. The plants of this genus have a similar appearance to those of its close relative Gentiana. [See Gentianella.]

genkwa is for some authorities the Chinese name for the plant while for others it is one of its Japanese names. [See Daphne genkwa.]

Gerbera [genus name] commemorates a German physician and naturalist, Dr. Traugott Gerber (1710-1743) who established the first botanical garden in Moscow in 1735. From 1735 to 1742 he was not only Director of that botanical garden (initially concentrating on medicinal plants) but also taught medicine at the University, and botany as well. From 1739-1741 he collected plants on several expeditions in Russia and in Jutland (Danish peninsular). In 1742 he became a doctor in the Russian Army and died early the following year in Finland. [See Gerbera.]

germanica means 'of or from Germany'. [See Iris x germanica, Mespilus germanica.]

germanicum means 'of or from Germany'. [See Cynoglossum germanicum.]

Geum [genus name] is derived from Greek geuo (to give an agreeable taste) and is a classical Latin name. [See Geum.]

Gevuina [genus name] is a local Chilean name. [See Gevuina.]

gibbosa is derived from Latin gibbi (protuberance, humped, hunched) meaning 'swollen on one side or lop-sidedly'. [See ..... .]


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