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Melastoma [genus name] is derived from Greek melano- (black) and -stoma (mouth) components with reference to the black-stained mouth obtained from eating the fruit. [See Melastoma.]

melegueta - The plant was originally carried across the desert from the African west coast to the ports on the Tripoli coast in the Upper Niger. This used to be the ancient African empire of Melle and it was from this name that one of the common names for the plant Melegueta is derived, and no doubt the species name as well. [See Aframomum melegueta.]

Melia [genus name] is a classical Greek name for ash tree (Fraxinus) with reference to the shape of the leaves. [See Melia.]

Melica [genus name] is for some authorities Latin (a kind of vessel) with reference to the swollen stem bases, and for others it is derived from Greek melike (a grass). [See Melica.]

Melicoccus [genus name] is derived from Greek meli- (honey) and -coccos (berry) components with reference to the sweetness of the fruit. [See Melicoccus.]

Melilotus [genus name] is derived from Greek meli- (honey) and lotos (lotus) components.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots, they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it), to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Melilotus.]

Melissa [genus name] is, for some authorities, Greek (honey bee) and also the name of a Cretan princess who is said to have found out how to collect honey. For others it is derived from an ancient Greek proper name melissophyllon (beloved by bees) with reference to the quantity of nectar in the flowers and the plant's fragrance that attracts the bees, or is a corruption of Latin melisphyllum (bee plant, bee leaf). [See Melissa.]

melissophyllum is made up of the genus name Melissa and Greek phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'with leaves like those of that (lemon balm, Melittis melissophyllum) genus'. [See Melittis melissophyllum.]

Melittis [genus name] is derived from Greek dialect melitta, itself from Greek melissa (honeybee), with reference to the plant's attractiveness to bees. [See Melittis.]

mellifera is derived from Latin melli- (honey) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'honey-bearing'. [See Salvia mellifera.]


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