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Paradisea [genus name] commemorates, for some authorities, an Italian Count and politician, Giovanni Paradisi of Modena (1760-1826). Others suggest the name arose because the plant was mentioned in Paradisi in Sole written by the English herbalist, John Parkinson (1567-1650) and published in 1629. [See Paradisea.]

paradisiaca means 'of or from Paradise'. [See Musa x paradisiaca.]

paraguariensis means 'of or from Paraguay'. [See Ilex paraguariensis.]

Parahebe [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Hebe components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See ... .]

Parapholis [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and -pholis (horny reptile-scale) components with reference to the pair of adjacent very tiny, leaf-like bracts at the base of the spikelet. [See Parapholis.]

Paraserianthes [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Serianthes components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera.

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 Paraserianthes.]

Parashorea [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Shorea components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See Parashorea.]

Paratecoma [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Tecoma components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See Paratecoma.]

Parentucellia [genus name] commemorates Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455), also known as The Great Humanist and who was actually born Tomaso Parentucelli. Already in contact with humanist scholars, Parentucelli came to the notice of Bishop Nicholas Albergati (1375-1443) of Bologna who sent him on a tour of Germany, France and England during which he furthered his studies and collected books. He became bishop of Bologna in 1444 and displayed his diplomatic skills as a Papal legate during negotiations between the Holy See and the Holy Roman Empire which led to his next appointment as Cardinal priest of Santa Susanna in 1446. Three months later in March 1447 he succeeded Eugene IV as Pope and took the name of his initial patron. Apart from significant political events and, on his part, strong encouragement of a cultural renaissance not least because of his humanist leanings, his papacy also included the establishment of the Vatican library and garden, as well as work on Vatican buildings, Rome's water supply, the paving of main streets and reinforcement of fortifications. [See Parentucellia.]

Parietara [genus name] is derived from Latin parietis (wall) with reference to one of the plant's favourite positions (especially on ruined buildings). [See Parietaria.]


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