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artemisiifolia is made up of the genus name Artemisia and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that genus'. [See Ambrosia artemisiifolia.]

Arthropodium [genus name] is made up of Greek arthro- (joint) and podion (little foot) components with reference to the flower stalks which are jointed in the middle. [See Arthropodium.]

articulata is derived from Latin articuli (joint, knuckle) meaning 'jointed'. [See Oxalis articulata.]

articulatus is derived from Latin articuli (joint, knuckle) meaning 'jointed'. [See Cyperus articulatus.]

Arum [genus name] is derived for some authorities from a classical Greek name for the plant aris or aron, and for others from Arabic ar (fire) with reference to the plant's burning taste. [See Arum.]

Aruncus [genus name] is a classical Greek name for these plants. [See Aruncus.]

arundinacea is derived from Latin arundo (reed) meaning 'reed-like'. [See Maranta arundinacea, Phalaris arundinacea, Phalaris arundinacea var. picta.]

arvense means 'of or growing in cultivated fields or land'. [See Cerastium arvense, Cirsium arvense, Equisetum arvense, Thlaspi arvense, Trifolium arvense.]

ascalonicum means 'of or from the environs of an ancient Palestinian port (Ascalon or Ashkelon)'. [See Allium cepa var. aggregatum.]

Asclepias [genus name] chosen by North American physicians (especially for pleurisy root, Asclepias tuberosa), the name honours the Greek god of healing Asclepius (Asklepios in Greek and Aesculapius in Latin) with reference to the plants' medicinal properties.

At least 14 of the many species in this genus are the host plant for Monarch butterflies and it is understood that the introduction of these plant species to new lands has also led to colonization by migratory Monarch butterflies. For instance they were found in Hawaii from about 1845, in the South Pacific Islands known as the Marquesas from about 1860, Australia from about 1870 and New Zealand from about 1874. [See Asclepias.]


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