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guineensis mean 'of or from western Africa eg. the Guinea coast'. [See Elaeis guineensis.]

gummifer is derived from Latin gummi (gum) and -fer (bearing, carrying) components meaning 'producing gum'. [See Astragalus gummifer.]

Gustavia [genus name] commemorates a king of Sweden, Gustav III (1746-1792), who was ruling during the last seven years of the life of this genus name's author, Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778). Historians write how fearing the loss of Swedish independence in 1771, because of the persistent infighting between the factions in the nobility which controlled the Swedish government, Gustav III broke with previous practice which subscribed to a non-political royal family. His political abilities, which he would continue to use throughout his reign, were tested when he eventually engineered an uprising. This led in 1772 (without bloodshed) after he had proved his skills as an orator when he addressed the parliament, to gain the nobility's acceptance of a new Constitution. He now became involved in restoring strong government and removing corruption to restore Sweden's standing. Gustav III also encouraged the arts and is said to have developed the most cultural and scintillating court in Europe. It is noted too that the Swedish Royal Academies of Arts, of Letters, History and Antiquities, and of Music were all established during Gustav III's reign. The king was also a master of intrigue throughout his life and it has been suggested that this, combined with politics, contributed to his murder. He was shot in the back at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm when attending a midnight masked ball, the inspiration for operas in the following century. [See Gustavia.]

guttatus is derived from Latin guttati- (spotted, dappled) meaning 'speckled, dotted or spotted'. [See Mimulus guttatus.]

Gymnadenia [genus name] is derived from Greek gymnos (naked) and adeno- (gland) components with reference to part of the flowers' stamens. [See Gymnadenia.]

Gymnocarpium [genus name] is derived from Greek gymnos (naked) and carpo- ( fruit) components with reference to the uncovered spores on these ferns. [See Gymnocarpium.]

Gymnocladus [genus name] is derived from Greek gymnos (naked) and clado- (branch) 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 Gymnocladus.]

Gypsophila [genus name] is derived from Greek gypsos (gypsum, chalk) and philo- (loving) components with reference to the habitat. [See Gypsophila.]

gambelii is said to commemorate the name of an Assistant Curator of the Academy of Natural (now National) Sciences of Philadelphia, Dr. William Gambel (1821-1849). He was an American ornithologist and botanist (who was also interested in mineralogy) and collected plants in the American West although it is understood that his primary interest lay in birds. [See Quercus gambelii.]

gymnocarpa is derived from Greek gymnos (naked) and carpo- ( fruit) components. [See Rosa gymnocarpa.]


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