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Calypso [genus name] honours the nymph Calypso who was the daughter of Atlas. She kept Odysseus on Ogygia (a remote island which some think may have been Malta) for seven years. While he was temporarily trapped there she tempted him with eternal youth which he rejected and his return home to Ithaca only came about when Zeus ordered Calypso to release him. [See Calypso.]

Calystegia [genus name] is made up of Greek words calyco- (flower cup, the outer covering of the flower) and stego- (covering, shelter) components. [See ... .]

camaldulensis means 'of or from the Camaldoli garden (the Napoli monastery garden of the Italian Camaldolite Christian order where specimens of this species were cultivated)'. [See Eucalyptus camaldulensis.]

camara is a local South American name for this species. [See Lantana camara.]

Camassia [genus name] is derived from a North American Nootka Chinook Indian name kamas meaning 'bear-grass' or from quamash (used by western North American Indian tribes). [See Camassia.]

cambricum means 'of or from Wales (Cambrian)'. [See Polypodium cambricum.]

Campanula [genus name] is derived from Latin campana (bell) with reference to the shape of the flowers.

All the plants in this genus contain a milky sap. [See Campanula.]

campanulata is derived from Latin campana (bell) meaning 'bell-shaped' with reference to the flower shape. [See Spathodea campanulata.]

campanulatus is derived from Latin campana (bell) meaning 'bell-shaped' with reference to the flower shape. [See ... .]

campanuloides is made up of the genus name Campanula and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that (harebell) genus'. [See Michauxia campanuloides.]


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