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benzoin is derived either from an Arabic name for a different plant or a local name for an 'aromatic gum'. [See Lindera benzoin, Styrax benzoin.]

Berberis [genus name] is for some authorities a corruption of the Arabic name for the fruit berberys, for others an association with the word 'barb' with reference to the very spiny nature of, in particular, barberry (Berberis vulgaris) — and for yet others a derivation of an obscure medieval Latin word. [See Berberis.]

berchtoldii commemorates a Czech botanist and traveller, Friedrich Graf von Berchtold (1781-1876). During the period from 1836 to 1855 he travelled in Europe, the Far East and Brazil. His published works included Oekonomisch-technische Flora Bohmens (1836). [See Potamogeton berchtoldii.]

bergamia is derived from the name of a city in Asia Minor, Pergamum, the remains of which can be found to the north and west of Bergama in Turkey. [See Citrus aurantium subsp. bergamia.]

bergeriana commemorates a German botanist, Alwin Berger (1871-1931), who was especially interested in succulent plants. From 1897-1914 he was curator of Sir Thomas Hanbury's (1832-1907) Italian garden in La Mortola but worked in Germany during the 1st World War, followed by three years' study in the United States. He concluded his career in the natural history museum at Stuttgart as its director of the department of botany. His main published work was Die Agaven. [See Felicia bergeriana.]

bertolonii commemorates an Italian botanist, Antonio Bertoloni (1775-1869), who was professor of botany at Bologna from 1816-1869. His published works include Flora italica (1833-1854), Florula guatimalensis (1840), Miscellanea botanica (1842-1863), and Piante nuove asiatiche (1864). [See Phleum bertolonii.]

Berula [genus name], according to some authorities, is a Latin name for an aquatic plant similar to water-cress (Nasturtium officinale). [See Berula.]

Beta [genus name] is derived from Celtic bett (red) and is a Latin name for ‘beet’ or ‘vegetable’.

This genus attracts importation restrictions across some international boundaries. [See Beta.]

betle is derived from a south-eastern Asian local common name. [See Piper betle.]

Betonica [genus name] is said to be an alternative spelling for the name of a Spanish plant, Vettonica. [See ... .]


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