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Linaria [genus name] is derived from Greek linon and Latin lini- (flax, linen) components with reference to the flax-like leaves. [See Linaria.]

Lindera [genus name] commemorates the name of a Swedish physician and botanist, Johann Linder (1676-1723). Some authorities suggest that he is most remembered for his published work on Swedish local flora, Flora Wiksbergensis.[See Lindera.]

Linum [genus name] is a classical Latin word for 'flax' (Linum usitatissimum) and is one of the roots for the English word 'line'. [See Linum.]

linifolium is derived from the genus name Linum and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (flax) genus'. [See Pycnanthemum linifolium.]

Liquidambar [genus name] is derived from Latin liquidus (fluid, flowing, liquid) and ambar (amber) components with reference to the resin yielded by different species.

Fossilised Liquidambar species found on the European Continent indicate their existence there in pre-glacial times. [See Liquidambar.]

Liriodendron [genus name] is derived from Greek leirion (lily) and dendro- (tree) components. [See Liriodendron.]

Litchi [genus name] is a corruption of a local Chinese name lin chi. [See Litchi.]

Lithospermum [genus name] is derived from Greek litho- (stone) and -sperma (seed, seeded) components with reference to the very hard nutlets that follow the flowers and is the classical name for this genus. [See Lithospermum.]

littorale means 'of the seashore'. [See Psidium littorale var. longipes.]

Lloydia [genus name] commemorates a Welsh naturalist, linguist, archaeologist and geographer, Edward Lhuyd, Lhwyd or Lloyd (c. 1660-1709), who from 1691 was Keeper of the Ashmolean Collection at Oxford (established in 1683). He became assistant to the first Keeper at the Ashmolean in 1684. In 1701 he received an honorary MA from Oxford University, and in 1708 became a Fellow of The Royal Society. Today his name graces the Welsh national natural history society, Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd. He contributed to publications by his peers such as John Ray (1627-1705) and wrote works himself, including Archaeologia Britannica, giving some account additional to what has hitherto been published, of the languages, histories, and customs of the original inhabitants of Great Britain: from collections and observations in travels through Wales, Cornwall, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland. [See Lloydia.]


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