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ellipticum means 'elliptic (with curved sides about twice that of the width and broadest in the middle) or oval' usually with reference to ..... . [See Palaquium ellipticum, Pseudobombax ellipticum.]

Elodea [genus name] is derived from Greek helo- (marsh) with reference to the habitat. [See Elodea.]

Elymus [genus name] is derived from Greek elymos (a cereal, millet). [See Elymus.]

emarginata means 'with a shallowly notched tip'. [See Malpighia emarginata, Noronhia emarginata, Prunus emarginata, Rollinia emarginata.]

emblica [genus name] could be derived from Persian amlah or Arabic ambalji. [See Phyllanthus emblica.]

Embothrium [genus name] is derived from Greek en (in, on) and bothrio- (pit) components with reference to the shape of part of the male reproductive organ. [See Embothrium.]

endivia is derived for some authorities from Egyptian tybi (January), the time when the leaves were eaten while for others it is an ancient Latin name for chicory or endive, (Cichorium endivia). [See Cichorium endivia.]

endlicheri commemorates the name of an Austrian botanist, linguist and numismatist, Stephan Ladislaus Endlicher (1804-1849). Although initially studying religion and philosophy, at the age of 22 he focused on languages (Chinese in particular) and natural history. Notably, 1830 saw his first botanical treatise (on the flora of his birthplace, Pressburg), in 1835 he founded Austria's first natural sciences journal, and as librarian of the Imperial Library of Vienna (now part of the University of Vienna) he published its first catalogue in 1836, as well as that same year becoming the botanical department curator at the (Royal) Natural History Museum. Then in 1840 he became Professor of Botany at the University of Vienna as well as Director of the University's Botanical Garden. From 1836 he began building a botanical classification system which he explained in his subsequent fundamental work entitled Genera plantarum secundum ordines naturales disposita. During his lifetime he described and named various new plant genera, including Sequoia which recognises the half Cherokee Indian scholar, George Guess (also known as Sequoia) who developed the first Cherokee syllabary. Remarkably considering how full his short life was already, he was a founder member of Vienna's (Imperial) Academy of Sciences, and an elected member of both the Austrian and German parliaments as well. [See Callitris endlicheri.]

ensiformis is derived from Latin ensi- (straight sword) and -formis (shape) components meaning 'quite straight and sharply pointed, or sword-shaped'. [See Pteris ensiformis.]

Entada [genus name] is a local name from the Malabar Coast in southern India.

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 Entada.]


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