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1st formal Edition of the CD of Plant Biographies (or Plant's Eye View of the Planet and Man). About 1000 extra pages which include a dramatic expansion of R genera plus other additions and changes.


Browse the Botanical Definitions

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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leontopetaloides is derived from Greek leon (lion) and petalon (petal) components with reference to the fringed petals resembling a lion's mane. [See Tacca leontopetaloides.]

Leontopodium [genus name] is derived from Greek leon (lion) and podion (little foot) components as initially the name for another plant before it was transferred to this genus. [See Leontopodium.]

Leonurus [genus name] is derived from Greek leon (lion) and oura (tail, tailed) components with reference to the tufted flower head that was supposed to resemble a lion's tail. [See Leonurus.]

Lepidium [genus name] is derived from Greek lepido- (fish-scale) with reference to the shape of the fruit pods and is a classical name for the plant. [See Lepidium.]

Lesquerella [genus name] commemorates a Swiss-born bryologist and palaeobotanist, Leo Lesquereux (1806-1889), who was an authority on fossil plants and was America's first palaeobotanist, as well as being a leading authority on mosses. It was reported that as a boy he fell from the top of a mountain while collecting wild flowers and fruit and ricocheted off rocks as he descended to the tree branches that caught him several hundred feet below — and, although in a coma and extremely badly injured, he survived. This would not be his only health disaster as early in his marriage he had an illness from which he recovered although deaf. From about 1825-1832 he taught French and from about 1832-1844 he engraved watches while studying fossils and mosses. His interest in peat bogs led to his development of new theories on their structure and with this background he immersed himself in peat bog research from 1844-1848. This period included a commission from Frederick William IV (1795-1861), king of Prussia, to report on the economic value of peat bogs in northern Europe. In 1847 Lesquereux and his family emigrated to the United States and they ended up in Columbus, Ohio. From 1850 he studied coal formation in Ohio, Arkanasa, Illnois, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, after which he produced one of his significant works, Catalogue of the Fossil Plants which have been named from the Coal Measures of North America. His many other published works (alone or with peers) include Description of the Coal Flora of the Carboniferous Formation in Pennsylvania and the United States. [See ... .]

Leucanthemum [genus name] is derived from Greek leuco- (white) and -anthemon (flower) components. [See Leucanthemum.]

Leucojum [genus name] is derived from Greek leuco- (white) and io- (violet) components with reference to the flower's colour and is a Greek name for scented white flowering plants. [See Leucojum.]

Levisticum [genus name] is, for some authorities, a corruption of the name of an Italian province, Liguria (originally known as Legusticum) where lovage grew widely. Others have suggested it is derived from the name of another genus in the same family Ligusticum of which Scots lovage (Ligusticum scoticum) is an example. [See Levisticum.]

Leycesteria [genus name] commemorates William Leycester, Chief Justice in Bengal in about 1820, who had an especial interest in horticulture. [See Leycesteria.]

Liatris [genus name] is of unknown derivation.

There are 40 plants in the Liatris genus (otherwise known as the North American blazing star genus) all of which are noted for their long lasting flower heads. [See Liatris.]

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