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Grindelia [genus name] commemorates a Latvian pharmacist, chemist, physician and botanist, David Hieronymus Grindel (1776-1836) who was a professor at Tartu University for ten years from 1804 and was the University's Rector from 1810-1812. He then returned to his home town of Riga and renewed his studies. Now, after qualifying as a physician in 1822, he set up practice in Riga and also opened a pharmacy there. He studied Baltic flora and founded Riga Pharmaceutical Society. In addition too to writing many articles he published a pharmaceutical journal, Russisches Jahrbuch der Pharmazie. [See Grindelia.]

Groenlandia [genus name] means 'of or from Greenland'. [See Groenlandia.]

groenlandicum means 'of or from Greenland'. [See Rhododendron groenlandicum.]

grossum means 'very large'. [See Capsicum annuum var. grossum.]

grusonii commemorates a German engineer, inventor and entrepreneur, Herman Gruson (1821-1895), who built up a huge collection of cacti and other exotic plants. One year after becoming Technical Director of United Hamburg-Magdeburg Steamboat Shipping Association he established his own engineering business (with its own factory, foundry and wharf) in 1855, H. Gruson Buckau-Magdeburg. This gave him the freedom to invent new civil and military applications for the cast iron improved by his own techniques and his company became one of the largest German armament producers, eventually being taken over by the Krupp family in 1893. Gruson's wealth enabled him to further his great enthusiasm for sub-tropical and tropical plants. His initial greenhouse had become eleven by the time he died and these were given to the people of Magdeburg, the city he had lived and worked in all his life. The greenhouses are still maintained and open to the public today, and contain cacti, ferns, orchids, water lilies, palms and other plants (as well as exotic birds), many of which are endangered. [See Echinocactus grusonii.]

Guaiacum [genus name] is a corruption of Spanish guayacan, itself a derivation of a local Mexican name for these plants hoaxacan. [See Guaiacum.]

guajava is a local common name (in the Caribbean or South America). [See Psidium guajava.]

Guarea [genus name] is derived from a Cuban name guara. [See Guarea.]

guianensis means 'of or from Guyana (South America)'. [See Couroupita guianensis.]

guineense mean 'of or from western Africa eg. the Guinea coast'. [See Psidium guineense.]


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