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afra means 'of or from Africa (often North African coast)'. [See Plantago afra.]

Aframomum [genus name] is made up of the name of the Continent which this genus is native to, Africa, and the name of another genus in the same family Amomum. [See Aframomum.]

africanum means 'of or from Africa'. [See Piptadeniastrum africanum.]

africanus means 'of or from Africa'. [See Agapanthus africanus.]

Afzelia [genus name] commemorates a Swedish botanist, Adam Afzelius (1750-1837), who taught and demonstrated at Uppsala University where he became acting professor of materia medica and dietetics in 1812. He joined two expeditions to Sierra Leone lasting from 1792 to 1796 when he developed extensive natural history and ethnographical collections (which today are distributed over several European museums).

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 Afzelia.]

Agapanthus [genus name] is made up of Greek agape (love) and antho- (flower) components. [See Agapanthus.]

Agastache [genus name] is made up of Greek agan (very much) and stachyo (spike, ear of corn) components with reference to the many wheat-like flower-spikes. [See Agastache.]

Agathosma [genus name] is made up of Greek agatho- (pleasant, good) and -osme (smell, fragrance) components. [See Agathosma.]

Ageratum [genus name] is derived from Greek ageratos (not grow old), or made up of Greek a (without) and geraio (old age) components with reference to the long-lasting flowers. [See Ageratum.]

aggregatum is derived from Latin aggregati- (crowded, close) meaning 'clustered in a dense mass'. [See Allium cepa var. aggregatum.]


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