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septentrionale is derived from Septentriones (the seven stars of the Plough) and means 'northern'. [See Asplenium septentrionale.]

Sequoia [genus name] commemorates George Guess or Gist (c.1770-1843) also known as Sequoyah, Sequoia or Sequoiah, who was an American half Cherokee Indian scholar (his mother was a Cherokee Indian and his father was said to be a British merchant). Sequoia is Cherokee for 'opossum' and was also the Cherokee nickname for a half-breed. George Guess was brought up as a Cherokee and was not familiar with the English language during his childhood. Yet by 1821 (some authorities say 1826) he had developed a Cherokee syllabary and within a relatively short period from then half the tribe became literate. Then in 1838 the United States army evicted the Cherokees from their territory and authorities ponder on the likelihood that at least 4,000 Cherokees died in the path of advancing settlers' greed. [See Sequoia.]

Sequoiadendron [genus name] is derived from the genus name Sequoia and Greek dendron (tree) components. [See Sequoiadendron.]

Serenoa [genus name] commemorates an American botanist, Sereno Watson (1826-1892). From 1867-1871 he was botanist with the US Government's Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel headed by the American geologist and engineer, Clarence King.(1842-1901). From 1873-1892 he was a curator at the Harvard Herbarium and during the 1880s made three further botanical explorations to the north-western United States, Guatemala and Europe. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His works include Volume V:Botany (of the Reports of the Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel), 1871. [See Serenoa.]

sericea is derived from Latin serica (silk garments) meaning 'silky'. [See Cornus sericea, Poraqueiba sericea, Rosa sericea.]

serpyllifolia is derived from serpyllum of Thymus serpyllum and -folia (leaved) meaning 'with leaves like those of that (Breckland thyme) species'. [See Plecostachys serpyllifolia, Polygala serpyllifolia.]

serratus is Latin (jagged, cut) meaning 'serrated or saw toothed'. [See Fucus serratus.]

serriola is Latin (little saw) with reference to the prickly-edged leaves. [See Lactuca serriola.]

serrulata is derived from Latin serrula (little saw) meaning 'with small serrated or saw-like teeth'. [See Photinia serrulata, Prunus serrulata.]

Sesamum [genus name] is a corruption of Greek sesamon (sesame) which itself is derived from a Semitic name. [See Sesamum.]


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