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melanocerasum is made up of Greek melano- (black) and Latin cerasus (cherry) components with reference to the cherry-like black fruit. [See Solanum melanocerasum.]

melanosporum is made up of Greek melano- (black) and sporo- (seed) components meaning 'black-spored'. [See Tuber melanosporum.]

melanoxylon is made up of Greek melano- (black) and -xylon (wood) components. [See Acacia melanoxylon, Dalbergia melanoxylon.]

Melanthium [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and antho- (flower) components with reference to the part of the flower that darkens after blooming. [See Melanthium.]

Melastoma [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and -stoma (mouth) components with reference to the black-stained mouth obtained from eating the fruit. [See Melastoma.]

melegueta - The plant was originally carried across the desert from the African west coast to the ports on the Tripoli coast in the Upper Niger. This used to be the ancient African empire of Melle and it was from this name that one of the common names for the plant Melegueta is derived, and no doubt the species name as well. [See Aframomum melegueta.]

Melia [genus name] is a classical Greek name for ash tree (Fraxinus) with reference to the shape of the leaves. [See Melia.]

Melica [genus name] is for some authorities Latin (a kind of vessel) with reference to the swollen stem bases, and for others it is derived from Greek melike (a grass). [See Melica.]

Melicoccus [genus name] is derived from Greek meli- (honey) and -coccos (berry) components with reference to the sweetness of the fruit. [See Melicoccus.]

Melilotus [genus name] is derived from Greek meli- (honey) and lotos (lotus) components.

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 Melilotus.]


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