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perennis means 'perennial'. [See Bellis perennis, Lupinus perennis, Mercurialis perennis.]

Pereskia [genus name] commemorates a French naturalist, astronomer and archaeologist, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637), who it is noted was the first Frenchman to view monuments in terms of their history, and he discovered the Orion nebula in 1610. He also studied fossils, and was a patron of art and science. [See Pereskia.]

perfoliatum means 'with leaves surrounding or embracing the stem'. [See Eupatorium perfoliatum, Silphium perfoliatum, Triosteum perfoliatum.]

perfoliatus means 'with leaves surrounding or embracing the stem'. [See Potamogeton perfoliatus.]

perforatum is derived from Latin perforo (to pierce through) meaning 'with or appearing to have small holes, or transparent or clear spots'. [See Hypericum perforatum.]

Pergularia [genus name] is derived from Latin pergula (balcony, arbour) with reference to the plants' climbing habit. [See Pergularia.]

periclymenum is derived from a Greek name for 'honeysuckle' periklymenon meaning 'twine around'. [See Lonicera periclymenum.]

Perilla [genus name] is of obscure derivation for some authorities and for others a corruption of a Hindi name. For yet others it is derived from Latin pera (bag, wallet) with reference to the fruit. [See Perilla.]

Peristeria [genus name] is derived from Greek peristera (dove) with reference to the appearance of the flower's central column in these species. [See Peristeria.]

peroba is a local Brazilian name for white peroba (Paratecoma peroba). [See Paratecoma peroba.]


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