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Symplocarpus [genus name] is derived from Greek symploco- (interwoven, connecting, embracing) and carpo- (fruit) components with reference to the seed forming one mass (one fruit). [See Symplocarpus.]

syriaca means 'of or from Syria'. [See Asclepias syriaca.]

syriacus means 'of or from Syria'. [See Hibiscus syriacus.]

Syzygium [genus name] is derived from Greek szygos (pulled together, joined) with reference to the paired branches and leaves, a name which was originally used for a Jamaican species in a related genus (Calyptranthes). Both genera are part of the Myrtaceae family. [See Syzygium.]

Stenocereus [genus name] is derived from Greek stenos (narrow) and the genus name Cereus, the latter itself a Latin word (wax taper) with reference to the tall and narrow cylindrical shape of some of the species in this genus. [See Stenocereus.]

sieberi is said to commemorate a traveller and natural history collector, Franz Wilhelm Sieber (1789-1844) of Prague. He not only collected in Australia, Crete, Egypt, Italy, Mauritius, Palestine and South Africa but also sent out collectors to other places. His published works included Herbarium florae aegyptiacae (1820) and Reise nach der Insel Kreta (1823). It would appear that he spent the last fourteen years of his life in a psychiatric asylum in Prague.[See Quintinia sieberi.]

solandri [genus name] commemorates a Swedish botanist, Daniel Solander (1736-1782) who was one of those employed by the English botanist, Sir Joseph Banks (1744-1820) to accompany him on Captain Cook's 1768-1771 World Expedition. Solander arrived in England in 1760 and promoted the Swedish physician and naturalist, Carolus Linnaeus' (1707-1778) classification system. In 1771 after the world circumnavigation Solander became Banks' secretary and librarian and accompanied him again on his 1772 Iceland Expedition. From 1773 until 1783 Solander was Keeper of the British Musuem's Natural History Department and in 1779 he also became Curator of the collection of natural history specimens accumulated by the wealthy patron of arts and sciences, Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), Duchess of Portland. Then he died from a stroke. He was a Fellow of The Royal Society and he wrote The Natural History of Many Curious and Uncommon Zoophytes, collected by the late John Ellis published posthumously. [See Rhabdothamnus solandri.]

suffulta is derived from Latin suffulcio (to support, to prop, to underpin). [See Rosa arkansana var. suffulta.]


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