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Neottia [genus name] is derived from a Greek word meaning 'nest'. [See Neottia.]

nepalensis means 'of or from Nepal or the central Himalayas'. [See Piptanthus nepalensis, Rubus nepalensis.]

Nepeta [genus name] is, for some authorities, a Latin name for an aromatic plant and for others it is derived from the name of the ancient Etruscan city of Nepete (modern Nepi, north of Rome) that was famed for one of the species that grew in quantity there. [See Nepeta.]

nepeta is made up of the genus name Nepeta meaning 'like plants in that (catnip) genus'. [See Clinopodium nepeta.]

nepetoides is made up of the genus name Nepeta and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like species in the Nepeta (catnip) genus'. [See Agastache nepetoides.]

Nephelium [genus name] is derived from Greek nephele (cloud) perhaps with reference to the appearance of the ripe fruit clusters. [See Nephelium.]

Nephrolepis [genus name] is derived from Greek nephro- (kidney) and lepido- (fish-scale) components with reference to the shape of the covered young spores. [See Nephrolepis.]

Nerine [genus name] was a mythological Greek water nymph. [See Nerine.]

nervosa is Latin (sinewy, nervous, strong) meaning 'well developed or conspicuously veined'. [See Berberis nervosa.]

Nicandra commemorates a classical Greek physician, poet and grammarian, Nicander of Colophon (c. 197-130 BC), who wrote on plants and their medicinal uses. He served as a priest of Apollo thus fulfilling his family's hereditary role in that priesthood (a role which may have provided benefits for family members such as a seat of honour at the city's games, a tax-free life, and priority when consulting the oracle). One of his surviving relevant poems is Alexipharmaca (describing plant and animal poisons with antidotes), and partially surviving Georgica (on agricultural matters). [See Nicandra.]


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