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Scopolia [genus name] commemorates an Austrian-born Italian physician, chemist and naturalist, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723-1788), of worldwide repute. Apart from practising medicine in Cavalese, Venice and, for sixteen years, mercury mines in Slovenian Idria (on the north-western Italian border and then part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation), he collected plants and insects in the Alps. He was a professor of chemistry, mineralogy and metallurgy at Chemnitz Mining Academy from 1767-1776 and of chemistry and botany at the University of Pavia from 1776-1788. He named several insects, and the drug scopolamine was named after him. His published works include Flora Carniolica (1760), Anni Historico Naturales (1769-1772), and Deliciae Flora et Fauna Insubricae Ticini (1786-1788). [See Scopolia.]

scopulorum is derived from Latin scopuli (cliff, rock) meaning 'growing on cliffs, crags and projecting rocks'. [See Juniperus scopulorum.]

scorodoprasum is made up of Greek skorodon or skordon (garlic) and prason (leek) components. [See Allium scorodoprasum.]

scorpioides is derived from Greek scorpio- (scorpion) and -oides (like) components meaning 'like a scorpion'. [See Myosotis scorpioides.]

Scorzonera [genus name] is derived for some authorities from old French scorzon (viper) or Italian scorzone (viper), and for others from Catalan escorso (viper) or Spanish escorzonera (viper).

The roots were used quite widely as a treatment for snake bites. [See Scorzonera.]

scotica means 'of or from Scotland'. [See Primula scotica.]

scoticum means 'of or from Scotland'. [See Ligusticum scoticum.]

scutatus is derived from Latin scutum (large quadrangular hide-covered wooden shield) meaning 'shield-shaped'. [See Rumex scutatus.]

Scutellaria [genus name] is derived from Latin scutella (saucer, small flat dish) with reference to the flower casing. [See Scutellaria.]

scutellaria is derived from Latin scutella (saucer, small flat dish). [See Polyscias scutellaria.]


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