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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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lappa is derived from Celtic llap (hand) and is a Latin name for 'bur'. [See Arctium lappa.]

lappaceum is derived from Celtic llap (hand) and Latin lappa (bur) components meaning 'bur-like'. [See Nephelium lappaceum.]

Lapsana [genus name] is derived from a Greek name for nipplewort (Lapsana communis). [See Lapsana.]

laricifolia is made up of the genus name Larix and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'larch-leaved'. [See Ericameria laricifolia.]

laricina is derived from the genus name Larix meaning 'larch-like'. [See Larix laricina.]

Larix [genus name] is a classical Latin name for 'larch'. [See Larix.]

lathyris is a Greek name for caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris). [See Euphorbia lathyris.]

Lathyrus [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek lathyros (pea, pulse) and for others from Greek la- (very) and thoures (stimulant) components with reference to the seeds' alleged irritant qualities.

Species in this genus can cause lathyrism for which the most immediate significant symptom is paralysis of the larynx.

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 Lathyrus.]

latifolium is made up of Latin lati- (broad, wide) and -folia (leaved) components. [See Chasmanthium latifolium, Sium latifolium.]

latifolius is made up of Latin lati- (broad, wide) and -folia (leaved) components. [See Lathyrus latifolius, Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius, Sarcocephalus latifolius.]


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