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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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Linum [genus name] is a classical Latin word for 'flax' (Linum usitatissimum) and is one of the roots for the English word 'line'. [See Linum.]

linifolium is derived from the genus name Linum and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (flax) genus'. [See Pycnanthemum linifolium.]

Liquidambar [genus name] is derived from Latin liquidus (fluid, flowing, liquid) and ambar (amber) components with reference to the resin yielded by different species.

Fossilised Liquidambar species found on the European Continent indicate their existence there in pre-glacial times. [See Liquidambar.]

Liriodendron [genus name] is derived from Greek leirion (lily) and dendro- (tree) components. [See Liriodendron.]

Litchi [genus name] is a corruption of a local Chinese name lin chi. [See Litchi.]

Lithospermum [genus name] is derived from Greek litho- (stone) and -sperma (seed, seeded) components with reference to the very hard nutlets that follow the flowers and is the classical name for this genus. [See Lithospermum.]

littorale means 'of the seashore'. [See Psidium littorale var. longipes.]

Lloydia [genus name] commemorates a Welsh naturalist, linguist, archaeologist and geographer, Edward Lhuyd, Lhwyd or Lloyd (c. 1660-1709), who from 1691 was Keeper of the Ashmolean Collection at Oxford (established in 1683). He became assistant to the first Keeper at the Ashmolean in 1684. In 1701 he received an honorary MA from Oxford University, and in 1708 became a Fellow of The Royal Society. Today his name graces the Welsh national natural history society, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd. He contributed to publications by his peers such as John Ray (1627-1705) and wrote works himself, including Archaeologia Britannica, giving some account additional to what has hitherto been published, of the languages, histories, and customs of the original inhabitants of Great Britain: from collections and observations in travels through Wales, Cornwall, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. [See Lloydia.]

lobata is derived from Latin lobi- (lobe) component. [See Echinocystis lobata, Pueraria lobata, Quercus lobata.]

Lobelia [genus name] commemorates a Flemish physician, botanist, plant collector and traveller, Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), who was doctor to James VI of Scotland and I of England (1566-1625). From 1554 he travelled widely in central and western Europe, studying at various universities and collecting and observing plants. In 1567 he arrived in England, practised medicine in Bristol. Various botanical works were then published through to 1581 with which he established his reputation including Plantarum seu stirpium historia, and Stirpium icones. From 1578-1584 he was court physician to William I of Orange-Nassau (1533-84), the first hereditary stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands, who led the revolt of the northern provinces against Spain and was assassinated. (Het Wilhelmus, the Dutch national anthem which is the oldest in the world is about that first stadtholder.) In 1590 he moved to England and became Superintendent of the grounds of Edward la Zouche's (1556-1625) Hackney home. During this period he also catalogued the plants in John Gerard's (1545-1612) garden in Holborn. In 1604, returning from a brief stay in Flanders, he practised medicine again in London and in 1607 was appointed as botanist and physician to the court of James I.

Species in this genus are poisonous. [See Lobelia.]

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