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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.]

Lecythis [genus name] is derived from Greek lecytho- (flask, vase) with reference to the shape of the fruit. [See Lecythis.]

Ledum [genus name] is derived for some authorities from ledon (a Greek name for Cistus) and for others from Greek ledos (woollen cloth). [See ... .]

Legousia [genus name] as a genus name has not been explained as yet. [See Legousia.]

lehmannii commemorates a German natural historian and physicist, Johann Georg Christian Lehmann (1792-1860) who was not only a professor in his chosen subjects but was also much involved in the establishment of the botanic garden in Hamburg which he directed for a time. He is recorded as having been an authority particularly on the Potentilla genus and cycads. Among his publications authorities note Monographia Generis Potentillarum (1820) and Delectus Seminum quae in Horto Hamburgensium Botanico e Collectioni Anni (1830-1840) & (1849-1852). [See Alkanna lehmannii.]

leichtlinii commemorates a German horticulturist and plant enthusiast, Max Leichtlin (1831-1910) of Baden-Baden (the famous spa town in south-western Germany). He introduced many plants into cultivation (particularly from the Near East), some of which he developed, and is said to have been one of the leading bulb collectors of his era. In the first issue of Garden and Forest: A Journal of Horticulture, Landscape Art, and Forestry (an influential weekly American journal published from 1888 to 1897 supported by many leading botanists and still referred to by modern researchers) he contributed an article entitled New Plants from Afghanistan. [See Camassia leichtlinii.]


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