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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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sebestena is derived from Persian sapistan (the name of a fruit of an allied species). [See Cordia sebestena.]

Secale [genus name] is a classical Latin name for a cereal grain, possibly rye (Secale cereale). [See Secale.]

Sechium [genus name] is derived from a local West Indian name chacha. [See Sechium.]

secunda means 'one-sided'. [See Orthilia secunda.]

secundiflora means 'one-sided' with reference to the flowers. [See Sophora secundiflora.]

sedoides is made up of the genus name Sedum and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Penthorum sedoides.]

Sedum [genus name] is derived for some authorities from Latin sedo (to soothe, settle, calm, alllay, still) with reference to its skin-softening qualities, and for others it is in addition a classical name for various succulent plants. For yet others it is based on Latin sedeo (to sit) with reference to some species' habit of holding themselves on rocks or walls. [See Sedum.]

Selenicereus [genus name] is derived from Greek selene (moon) and the genus name Cereus components with reference to the nocturnal flowering habit of some of the species.

The latter is the name of another genus of cacti of which these species of generally night-flowering cacti were once considered to be a part and it has adopted the Latin word cereus (waxen, wax-taper) with reference to their inflexibility. [See Selenicereus.]

Sempervivum [genus name] is derived from Latin semper (always) and vivo (to live, be alive) with reference to the plant's tenacity for life. [See Sempervivum.]

Senecio [genus name] is derived from Latin senex (old age, old person) with reference to the resemblance of the grey down on the mature plant to white hair. [See Senecio.]


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