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lasianthus is derived from Greek lasio- (shaggy) and -antha (flowered) components meaning 'hairy or woolly flowered'. [See Gordonia lasianthus.]

lathyris is a Greek name for caper spurge (Euphorbia lathyris). [See Euphorbia lathyris.]

Lathyrus [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek lathyros (pea, pulse) and for others from Greek la- (very) and thoures (stimulant) components with reference to the seeds' alleged irritant qualities.

Species in this genus can cause lathyrism for which the most immediate significant symptom is paralysis of the larynx.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots, they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it), to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Lathyrus.]

latifolium is made up of Latin lati- (broad, wide) and -folia (leaved) components. [See Chasmanthium latifolium, Sium latifolium.]

latifolius is made up of Latin lati- (broad, wide) and -folia (leaved) components. [See Lathyrus latifolius, Phaseolus acutifolius var. latifolius, Sarcocephalus latifolius.]

laureola is the diminutive and derived from Latin laurus (laurel) meaning 'little laurel or laurel crown'. [See Daphne laureola.]

Lawsonia [genus name] commemorates a Scottish physician and botanist, Isaac Lawson who died in about 1747. He studied at the University of Leiden, became a friend of Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778), and served as a doctor in the British army. [See Lawsonia.]

laxa is derived from Latin laxus (loose, slack, spacious, wide) meaning 'loosely spaced or open'. [See Mandevilla laxa, Myosotis laxa, Triteleia laxa.]

laxiflora is derived from Latin laxus (loose, slack) and -flora (flowered) components meaning 'loose-flowered or unevenly spaced flowers'. [See Orchis laxiflora.]

lebbeck for some authorities recalls a place in Egypt where an avenue of East Indian walnut (Albizia lebbeck) was planted. [See Albizia lebbeck.]


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