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Rhinerrhiza [genus name] is derived from Greek rhinein (rasp, file) and rhiza (root) with reference to the rough roots. [See Rhinerrhiza.]

Rhipsalis [genus name] is derived from Greek rhips (wickerwork, plaited rushwork, matting) with reference to the entangling pliant branches. [See Rhipsalis.]

Rhizanthella [genus name] is derived from Greek rhizo (root) with reference to its underground habit. [See Rhizanthella.]

Rhodosphaera [genus name] is derived from Greek rhodo- (rose) and sphaero- (ball) with reference to the fruit. [See Rhodosphaera.]

rhodanthema is derived from Greek rhodo- (rose) and anthos (flower) with reference to ..... . [See Rhodosphaera rhodanthema.]

Rhopalostylis [genus name] is derived from Greek rhopalo- (club, cudgel, staff) and stylo- (pillar, pole) with reference to the spadix (the swollen, fleshy spike of tiny stalkless flowers). [See Rhopalostylis.]

Rhynchospora [genus name] is derived from Greek rhyncho- (beak, snout) and spora (seed) with reference to the beaked seeds. [See Rhynchospora.]

Ripogonum [genus name] is said to be derived from Greek rhips (wickerwork) and gonu (knee) with reference to not only to the many-jointed stems but also the use of the stems for basketry. [See Ripogonum]

Rodgersia [genus name] is believed to commemorate a much respected American navigator, explorer and surveyor, Rear Admiral John Rodgers (1812-1882). From halfway through its course he commanded the 1853-1856 North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition on which this genus was first discovered (in the form of Bronze leaf, Rodgersia podophylla). Rodgers was promoted to Rear-Admiral in 1869 and also in his fifties he was one of the founder members of the American National Academy of Sciences. [See Rodgersia.]

Rohdea [genus name] honours the name of Michael Rohde (1782-1812), a German physician and amateur botanist, who practised in Bremen where he also followed his interest in botany from 1809-1812. [See Rohdea.]


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