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1st formal Edition of the CD of Plant Biographies (or Plant's Eye View of the Planet and Man). About 1000 extra pages which include a dramatic expansion of R genera plus other additions and changes.


Browse the Botanical Definitions

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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botrytis means 'like a bunch of grapes'. [See Brassica oleracea var. botrytis.]

Bouteloua [genus name] commemorates two Spanish botanist brothers, Claudio (1774-1842) and Esteban (1776-1813) Boutelou. The information about them is unclear but it would seem that Claudio studied in France and became professor of agriculture in Madrid, with subsequent similar posts in Alicante and Seville. Alone, and with his brother, he wrote several books, in particular Tratado de la huerta, ó método de cultivar toda clase de hortalizas. [See Bouteloua.]

bowdenii commemorates an English traveller, Athelston Bowden who introduced this species to Britain when he sent bulbs from South Africa to his mother in Cornwall in 1902. Mrs. Bowden is understood to have passed the bulbs to the Botanic Gardens at Kew after they had been flowering in her garden for two years. [See Nerine bowdenii.]

boysen commemorates an American horticulturist, Rudolph Boysen (1895-1950) who initially developed the boysenberry in California (United States) in 1923 from the blackberry, loganberry and raspberry. From 1921-1950 he was Superintendent of Anaheim City Parks and when his new hybrid fruit proved to be unviable commercially he stopped improving it. In the 1930s however another horticulturist, Walter Knott living on a nearby property now known as Knott's Berry Farm, resurrected the plant remains, named the revived hybrid after Rudolph Boysen and promoted it successfully. [See Rubus loganobaccus var. boysen.]

Brachychiton [genus name] is made up of Greek brachy- (short) and -chiton (tunic) components with reference to overlapping scales. [See Brachychiton.]

Brahea [genus name] commemorates a noted Danish astronomer and mathematician, Tycho Brahe (1546-1601). He studied at several European universities and in 1566 lost the bridge of his nose in a rapier duel with a fellow student. In 1572 Brahe discovered a new star and in the early 1570s became convinced of the importance of accurate observations. Under the patronage of King Frederick II he built an observatory on the island of Hven in 1576 where, apart from training the next generation of astronomers, developing and calibrating new astronomical instruments, and establishing nightly observations (the latter two contributing significantly to the advancement of astronomy), he also made observations of a comet in 1577. But the Danish royal family's support was withdrawn by Frederick's successor Christian IV after a disagreement and Brahe left Denmark in 1597, settling in Prague two years later (this time under the patronage of Emperor Rudolf II who appointed him as Imperial Mathematician). In 1600 the German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) joined him as an assistant and authorities note that in later years he would use Brahe's observations (the most accurate at that time) when formulating his Laws of Planetary Motion. Brahe's death in 1601 was grim and some authorities speculate today that it may have been caused by mercury poisoning (accidental or nefarious). Many 'objects' have been named 'Tycho' after Brahe, ranging from a crater on both the Moon and Mars to modern pop bands and computer game characters. His published works included De Nova et Nullius Aevi Memoria Prius Visa Stella, Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica, and Astronomiae Instauratae Progymnasmata. [See Brahea.]

brasiliense means 'of or from Brazil'. [See Caryocar brasiliense, Phyllostylon brasiliense.]

brasiliensis means 'of or from Brazil'. [See Eugenia brasiliensis, Garcinia brasiliensis, Hevea brasiliensis.]

brevifolia is derived from Latin brevi- (short, low, small, tiny) and -folia (leaved) components meaning 'short-leaved'. [See Taxus brevifolia, Yucca brevifolia.]

Briza [genus name] is a Greek name for a food grain (probably rye, Secale cereale). [See Briza.]

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