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In addition to searching through the individual botanical definitions you may now benefit also from browsing the extensive information gleaned through our research. This list has been compiled in alphabetic order according to the genus or species..

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intermedia is derived from Latin medius (middle) meaning 'intermediate'. [See Drosera intermedia, Potentilla intermedia.]

intricatus is derived from Latin intrico (to entangle, confuse) meaning 'tangled'. [See Cercocarpus intricatus.]

intybus is for some derived from Egyptian tybi (January), the time when the leaves were eaten. Others suggest it is a corruption of Latin intubus (wild chicory). [See Cichorium intybus.]

involucrata is derived from Latin involucrum (covering) with reference to the petal- or leaf-like bracts normally found at the base of a flower cluster, usually in a ring or rings and only rarely single or paired. [See Davidia involucrata, Lonicera involucrata.]

involucratus is derived from Latin involucrum (covering) with reference to the petal- or leaf-like bracts normally found at the base of a flower cluster, usually in a ring or rings and only rarely single or paired. [See Cyperus involucratus.]

ionantha is derived from Greek io- (violet) and -antha (flowered) components meaning 'with violet flowers'. [See Saintpaulia ionantha.]

Irvingia [genus name] commemorates a Scottish physician, Edward George Irving (1816-1855) who is believed to have collected plants in Nigeria and the South African Cape. [See Irvingia.]

Isatis [genus name] is a classical Greek name for 'woad' particularly in its capacity as a healing plant. [See Isatis.]

islandica means 'of or from Iceland'. [See Cetraria islandica, Rorippa islandica.]

isophylla is made up of Greek iso- (equal) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'with equal-sized leaves'. [See Campanula isophylla.]


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