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Nephrolepis [genus name] is derived from Greek nephro- (kidney) and lepido- (fish-scale) components with reference to the shape of the covered young spores. [See Nephrolepis.]

Nerine [genus name] was a mythological Greek water nymph. [See Nerine.]

nervosa is Latin (sinewy, nervous, strong) meaning 'well developed or conspicuously veined'. [See Berberis nervosa.]

Nicandra commemorates a classical Greek physician, poet and grammarian, Nicander of Colophon (c. 197-130 BC), who wrote on plants and their medicinal uses. He served as a priest of Apollo thus fulfilling his family's hereditary role in that priesthood (a role which may have provided benefits for family members such as a seat of honour at the city's games, a tax-free life, and priority when consulting the oracle). One of his surviving relevant poems is Alexipharmaca (describing plant and animal poisons with antidotes), and partially surviving Georgica (on agricultural matters). [See Nicandra.]

nidus is Latin meaning 'nest'. [See Asplenium nidus.]

nidus-avis are Latin words (nest and bird respectively) meaning 'bird's nest' with reference to the mass of twisted fleshy, pale brown roots. [See Neottia nidus-avis.]

Nigella [genus name] is derived from Latin niger (black) with reference to the colour of the seeds. [See Nigella.]

niger means 'black'. [See Helleborus niger, Hyoscyamus niger.]

nigra means 'black'. [See Ballota nigra, Betula nigra, Brassica nigra, Centaurea nigra, Dalbergia nigra, Juglans nigra, Morus nigra, Phyllostachys nigra, Pinus nigra, Populus nigra, Populus nigra var. italica, Prosopis nigra, Prunus nigra, Quercus nigra, Salix nigra, Sambucus nigra.]

nilotica means 'of or from the Nile valley'. [See Acacia nilotica.]


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