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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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Alcea [genus name] is derived from Greek alkaia (healing medium) and was a Greek name for a species of mallow. [See Alcea.]

Aleurites [genus name] is derived from Greek aleuro (floury, mealy) with reference to the seemingly 'dusty' young growth. [See Aleurites.]

Alisma [genus name] is of uncertain origin but for some authorities it was an ancient Greek name for 'water plant', more specifically for many experts, the water-plantain (Alisma plantago-aquatica). [See Alisma.]

alisma is derived from the genus name Alisma meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Damasonium alisma.]

Alkanna [genus name] is derived ultimately from Arabic al-hinna (henna). [See Alkanna.]

alkekengi is derived from an Arabic name al kakendi itself a corruption of Greek halikakabos. [See Physalis alkekengi.]

alleghaniensis means 'of or from the Allegheny mountains in eastern North America'. [See Betula alleghaniensis.]

Alliaria [genus name] is derived from the genus name Allium meaning 'like plants in that genus, especially in taste and smell'. [See Alliaria.]

Alnus [genus name] is a classical Latin name for 'alder'. [See Alnus.]

Alocasia [genus name] is made up of Greek a (without) and the name of a closely-related genus Colocasia of which these species used to be a part. [See Alocasia.]


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