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Browse the Botanical Definitions

In addition to searching through the individual botanical definitions you may now benefit also from browsing the extensive information gleaned through our research. This list has been compiled in alphabetic order according to the genus or species..

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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.]

melo is Latin (apple-shaped melon). [See Cucumis melo, Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis, Cucumis melo var. chito, Cucumis melo var. dudaim, Cucumis melo var. flexuosus, Cucumis melo var. inodorus, Cucumis melo var. reticulatus, Cucumis melo var. saccharinus, Cucumis melo var. sativus.]

melongena is derived from melongene an old French name for French name for aubergine. [See Solanum melongena.]

membranaceus is derived from Latin membrana (thin skin, film, membrane) meaning 'skin-like or membranous'. [See Astragalus membranaceus.]

Menispermum [genus name] is derived from Greek mene (crescent moon) and -sperma (seed, seeded) components with reference to the shape of the seed. [See Menispermum.]

menthifolia is made up of the genus name Mentha and Latin -folia (leaved) components meaning 'mint-leaved'. [See ... .]

menziesii commemorates the name of a Scottish naval surgeon, botanist and plant collector, Archibald Menzies (1754-1842). After serving as an assistant surgeon in Wales, he joined the Royal Navy. For his first posting he was based for four years as an assistant surgeon on the Halifax Station (Nova Scotia) which enabled him to study the local flora particularly. This period led to his introduction in 1786 to Sir Joseph Banks (who was President of the Royal Society and Director of Kew Gardens). His next appointment (as surgeon) on HMS Prince of Wales took him on a 3 year world voyage to the North Pacific during which he sent plants home and after which he was congratulated upon the health of the ship's crew. Both aspects appear to have been relevant in the British Government's decision to appoint him in 1790 as naturalist on HMS Discovery when she made her five year circumnavigation of the world under the captaincy of the English navigator Captain George Vancouver (1757-1798). During this voyage Vancouver carried out survey work in Australia and New Zealand and then went on to chart some of the western North American coastline as well (but one wonders whether Menzies' brief from the Government was not the more arduous one particularly as he also replaced the appointed surgeon who had to return home after falling ill). He was required to study the natural history (flora and fauna) of the countries visited, collect dried specimens and seeds, grow any significant plants that could not be propagated from seed in a special glass frame supplied on board ship, assess the viability of European plants in those countries, collect mineral samples, and keep notes on the activities of natives - their customs, clothing, artefacts, language - all with a view to the possibility of sending settlers out from England in the future. At the end of the voyage he was again congratulated on the health of the crew. On his return to England he was posted to the Caribbean and when he retired from the Service he set up a practice in London as a doctor and surgeon. Apart from many plants being named after him, Menzies' name was also given to Menzies Bay and Menzies Point on Canada's western coast and Vancouver itself and Vancouver Island were named after George Vancouver. [See Arbutus menziesii, Pseudotsuga menziesii, Ramalina menziesii, Ribes menziesii.]

merkusii commemorates a Dutch colonial administrator, Pieter Merkus (1787-1844), who was Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. [See Pinus merkusii.]

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