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thyrsoides is made up of Greek thyrso- (wand) and -oides (like) components meaning 'a dense flower-spike that is broad in the middle'. [See Ornithogalum thyrsoides.]

Tiarella [genus name] is derived from Latin tiara (small crown, oriental turban) with reference to the fruit. [See Tiarella.]

Tibouchina [genus name] is derived from a local name used in Guyana. [See Tibouchina.]

tigrina is derived from Greek tigro- or Latin tigris (tiger) components meaning 'spotted like a jaguar (called a 'tiger' in South America), striped like an Asiatic tiger, or tiger-toothed'. [See Faucaria tigrina.]

Tilia [genus name] is a classical Latin name for 'linden (lime) tree'. [See Tilia.]

Tillandsia [genus name] commemorates a Finnish physician and botanist, Elias Til-Landz (1640-1693), who was professor of medicine at the Royal Academy of Turku now Helsinki University. In 1678 he established the University's botanical garden (but it was moved to the centre of Helsinki after they City burnt down in 1829). He is said to have been hydrophobic to the extent that he needed much persuasion even to cross a river. Most of the plants in this genus are native to desert areas where water is at a premium. His published works include Catalogus Plantarum. [See Tillandsia.]

timoriense means 'of or from Timor (an island at the eastern end of the Indonesian Lesser Sunda Islands)'. [See Pleiogynium timoriense.]

tinctorium is derived from Latin tinctus (dyed, stained, tinged) meaning 'used in dyeing'. [See Galium tinctorium, Pterocymbium tinctorium.]

tinctorius is derived from Latin tinctus (dyed, stained, tinged) meaning 'used in dyeing'. [See Carthamus tinctorius.]

tobira is a local Japanese name for Tobira (Pittosporum tobira). [See Pittosporum tobira.]


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