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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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pavonina is derived from Latin pavonis (peacock) meaning 'peacock-blue, or with a conspicuous eye as that seen on a peacock's tail'. [See Adenanthera pavonina.]

pecten-veneris is derived from Latin venus (charm, loveliness, attractiveness, Venus) and pecto (comb) components meaning 'the comb of Venus'. [See Scandix pecten-veneris.]

pedatum is Latin (foot) meaning 'like a bird's foot'. [See Adiantum pedatum.]

Pedicularis [genus name] is derived from Latin pediculus (louse) with reference to an old belief that if sheep or cattle were allowed to graze on this plant they would pick up lice. [See Pedicularis.]

pekinensis means 'of or from Peking (now Beijing) in China'. [See Sinapis pekinensis.]

Peltandra [genus name] is derived from Greek pelto- (small round shield, target) and andro- (man) components with reference to the stamen. [See Peltandra.]

peltata is derived from Greek pelto- (small round shield, target) component meaning 'shield-shaped' with reference to the stalk's position (towards the centre of the leaf not at the leaf edge). [See Cecropia peltata, Darmera peltata, Nymphoides peltata.]

peltatum is derived from Greek pelto- (small round shield, target) component meaning 'shield-shaped' with reference to the stalk's position (towards the centre of the leaf not at the leaf edge). [See Pelargonium peltatum, Podophyllum peltatum.]

Peltogyne [genus name] is derived from Latin pelta (small light shield) and Greek gyne (female) components with reference to the shape of the female reproductive organ.

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 Peltogyne.]

pennatifolius is derived from Latin penna (feather) and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'feathery leaved (a feathery arrangement of leaflets on each side of a common stalk)'. [See Pilocarpus pennatifolius.]


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