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herbaceum means 'herbaceous, not woody'. [See Gossypium herbaceum.]

hermannii commemorates a German-born Dutch botanist and plant collector, Paul Hermann (1646-1695), who was professor of botany at Leiden from 1679. While employed as medical officer by the Dutch East India Company from 1672 to 1677 he collected plant (and a few insect) specimens predominantly from the Columbo region of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) but also from South Africa. His collection of dried plants and drawings, used by several botanists including the Swedish, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), are held at various places in Europe including the Natural History Museum in London. His works, most of which were published after his death, include Paradisus batavus and his Ceylonese collection is shown and acknowledged in Flora Zeylanica and Species Plantarum published by Carolus Linnaeus. [See Solanum hermannii.]

Hermodactylus [genus name] is made up of the name of Hermes (for the Romans, Mercury) the messenger of the gods and Greek dactylo- (finger) components with reference to the appearance of the tubers. [See ... .]

Herniaria [genus name] is derived from Latin hernia (rupture) with reference to the plants' use as a medicinal remedy. [See Herniaria.]

Hesperis [genus name] is derived from Greek hespero- (evening, vespers, west) with reference to the period when the flowers are particularly fragrant. [See Hesperis.]

heterophylla is derived from Greek hetero- (different) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'furnished with leaves of different shapes'. [See Physalis heterophylla, Populus heterophylla.]

heterophyllus is derived from Greek hetero- (different) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'furnished with leaves of different shapes'. [See Artocarpus heterophyllus.]

Heuchera [genus name] commemorates an Austrian-born, German physician and botanist, Johann Heinrich von Heucher (1677-1746) who was a professor of medicine at Wittenberg then Dresden, and from 1720 was director of Galleries des Sciences in Dresden. Some authorities also mention that he served as Physician-in-ordinary to August II the Strong, King of Poland, Elector of Saxony (1670-1733). [See Heuchera.]

heudelotii commemorates a French botanist and plant collector, Jean-Pierre Heudelot (1802-1837). [See Napoleonaea heudelotii, Ricinodendron heudelotii.]

hexandra is derived from Greek hexa- (six) and andro- (man) components meaning 'with six stamens'. [See Manilkara hexandra.]


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