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In addition to searching through the individual botanical definitions you may now benefit also from browsing the extensive information gleaned through our research. This list has been compiled in alphabetic order according to the genus or species..

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Pongamia [genus name] is derived from pongam, a Tamil name for the tree used particularly in Malabar on the south-western Indian coast. [See ... .]

pontica means 'of or from Pontus on the southern shores of the Black Sea (the north coast of Asia Minor)'. [See Artemisia pontica, Quercus pontica.]

ponticum means 'of or from Pontus on the southern shores of the Black Sea (the north coast of Asia Minor)'. [See Rhododendron ponticum.]

porosa is derived from Greek poros (passage, way, pore, opening) meaning 'bearing pores'. [See ... .]

Porphyra [genus name] is derived from Greek porphura (purple dye). [See Porphyra.]

porrifolius is derived from Latin porrum (leek) and -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leek-like leaves'. [See Tragopogon porrifolius.]

porrum is Latin (leek) and it has been suggested that it is derived from Celtic pori (to eat). [See Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum.]

Portulaca [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Latin portula (little door, postern, little gate) with reference to the lidded opening of the capsular fruit, and for others it is an old Latin name for purslane (eg. Portulaca oleracea) from Latin porto (to carry, convey, bring, bear) and lactis (milk). [See Portulaca.]

Potamogeton [genus name] is derived from Greek potamo- (river) and -geiton (neighbour) components with reference to habitat. [See Potamogeton.]

Potentilla [genus name] is derived from Latin potens (power, might, ability) with reference to medicinal virtues of some species. [See Potentilla.]


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