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nummularium is derived from Latin nummulus (a little piece of money) meaning 'coin-shaped' with reference to the leaves. [See Helianthemum nummularium.]

Nuphar [genus name] is derived from the plant's Persian name naufar. [See Nuphar.]

nutans is derived from Latin nuto (to nod) meaning 'nodding'. [See Carduus nutans, Melica nutans, Sorghastrum nutans.]

nuttaliana commemorates an English printer, botanist, plant collector and ornithologist, Thomas Nuttall (1786-1859), who attracted the title 'the father of Western American botany'. He collected plants in the United States from about 1808 until just before the outbreak of the Anglo-American War of 1812-1815 which enabled a brief return to England with many plant species which had until then evaded the scientific community. Returning to the United States at War's end he again collected plants and from 1825-1834 was curator of the botanical gardens at Harvard University. At the same time he published works on plants, his travels, and ornithology. But Nuttall had itchy feet. He joined another expedition going out West under the leadership of the American explorer, Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth (1802-1856), then visited Hawaii and returned to explore the Pacific Northwest. From 1836-1841 he worked for what is now the The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia and then he finally returned to England to accept an inheritance following an uncle's death and there published, in particular, a work on North American trees. [See ... ]

nux-vomica is derived from Latin nux (nut) and vomitus (vomit, vomiting) components with reference to the purging properties of the fruit. [See Strychnos nux-vomica.]

Nyctanthes [genus name] is derived from Greek nyx or nycto- (night) and antho- (flower) components with reference to the flowers which open at night and drop at daybreak. [See Nyctanthes.]

Nymphoides [genus name] is derived from the genus name Nymphaea and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Nymphoides.]

Nyssa [genus name] is the name of a water nymph Nysa (or Nyssa) or a nymph of the mythical mountain Mount Nysa in classical mythology. [See Nyssa.]

nitida is Latin (shining, bright, glittering) with reference to ..... . [See Rosa nitida, Rudbeckia nitida.]


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