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Drosera [genus name] is derived for some from Greek droso- (dew) with reference to a dewy appearance made by the glandular-tipped hairs on the leaves. [See Drosera.]

drucei commemorates the name of an English pharmacist and botanist, George Claridge Druce (1850-1932), who in 1895 became the Fielding curator of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in the Department of Botany. From 1892 until his death he served on the Oxford City Council. He was Sheriff of Oxford in 1896 and 1897, and Mayor in 1900 to 1901. Druce was also made an Alderman and served as Chief Magistrate. He was a founder of the Northampton Natural History Scoiety and the Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire, and was an active member of both the Society for the Promotion of Nature Reserves and the Botanical Exchange Club . He was a Fellow of The Royal Society. His published works include Flora of Oxfordshire, Flora of Berkshire, Flora of Buckinghamshire, and Flora of Northamptonshire. [See Thymus drucei, Thymus drucei aureus.]

Dryas [genus name] is derived for some from Greek drys (oak) with reference to the similarity between oak leaves (Quercus) and those of mountain avens (Dryas octopetala) and for others from Greek dryas (wood-nymph, dryad) to whom the oak was sacred. [See Dryas.]

Dryobalanops [genus name] is derived from Greek drys (oak), balano- (acorn) and -opsis (likeness) components with reference to the fruit. [See Dryobalanops.]

dryopteris is derived from the genus name Dryopteris meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Gymnocarpium dryopteris.]

dubium means 'doubtful or not conforming'. [See Papaver dubium.]

dulcamara is derived from Latin dulci- (sweet, pleasant, delightful) and amari- (bitter) components meaning 'bittersweet' with reference to the initial bitter taste and the sweet after-taste of the twigs and is a Latin name for woody nightshade (Solanum dulcamara). In the Middle Ages the name was written in a logical order ie. amaradulcis, reflecting the changing fashion. [See Solanum dulcamara.]

dulce is Latin (sweet, pleasant, delightful). [See Apium graveolens var. dulce, Foeniculum vulgare subsp. dulce, Pithecellobium dulce.]

dysenterica is derived from Greek dys- (bad, ill) and entero- (gut) components meaning 'of dysentery'. [See Pulicaria dysenterica.]

durata is derived from Latin durus (hard, tough, strong, durable), usually with reference to the wood. [See Quercus durata.]


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