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Parinari [genus name] is a local Brazilian name. [See Parinari.]

Paris [genus name] is derived from Latin par (equal, like, matching) with reference for some to the regularity of the parts of the whole plant and for others the constancy of the number of its leaves. [See Paris.]

Parochetus [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and ocheto- (pipe, brook, channel, conduit) components with reference to its enjoyed habitat.

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 Parochetus.]

Paronychia [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and onyx (nail) components, and for others from Greek paronuchia (whitlow) with reference in both cases to the species' past use for curing whitlows. [See Paronychia.]

parqui is a Chilean name for the plant, green jessamine (Cestrum parqui). [See Cestrum parqui.]

Parrotia [genus name] commemorates a German naturalist and traveller, F.W. Parrott or Parrot (1792-1841), who became a professor of medicine at Dorpat. In either 1829 or 1834 he was the first person to climb Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. [See Parrotia.]

Parthenium [genus name] is for some authorities derived from parthenion a Greek name for an unspecified plant and note that, according to the Greek biographer, historian and philosopher, Plutarch (c.46-c.120 AD), this unspecified plant was so christened because it had been instrumental in saving the life of a man who fell from the Parthenon in Athens when it was being built. For other authorities one of the species in this genus is considered to be the American equivalent of European feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium now moved from the Pyrethrum genus) which could explain the choice of the name Parthenium. [See Parthenium.]

parthenium is derived from the genus name Parthenium meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Tanacetum parthenium.]

Parthenocissus [genus name] is derived from Greek parthenos (virgin) and kissos (ivy) components with reference to common virginia creeper (Parthenocissus inserta). 'Virgin' means the English 'Virgin Queen', Elizabeth I (1533-1603) after whom the State of Virginia in the United States is named and a State where virginia creeper is native. [See Parthenocissus.]

parviflora is derived from Latin parvi- (small, little) and -flora (flowered) meaning 'small flowered'. [See Galinsoga parviflora, Malva parviflora, Pinus parviflora.]


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