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Lotus [genus name] is derived from a classical Greek name lotos applied to various plants.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorbs 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 Lotus.]

louisianica means 'of or from Louisiana (USA)'. [See Proboscidea louisianica.]

lucens is derived from Latin lucis (light) meaning 'glossy, shining, bright, clear, transparent'. [See Potamogeton lucens.]

lucidum is Latin (glossy, shining, bright, clear, transparent). [See Ligustrum lucidum, Psidium cattleianum subsp. lucidum.]

Ludwigia [genus name] commemorates a German physician and botanist, Christian Gottlieb Ludwig (1709-1773), who was a professor of medicine from 1740 at Leipzig University. In 1730-1731 as a botanist he joined an expedition to Africa led by a German colleague, Johann Ernst Hebenstreit (1702-1757). His published works include Institvtiones historico physicae regni vegetabilis into usum auditorum adornatae ... , De vegetatione plantarum marinarum, Ectypa vegetabilium and Adversaria medico practica. [See Ludwigia.]

Luma [genus name] is derived from a local Chilean name for these species, as well as other plants in the Myrtaceae family. [See Luma.]

luma is derived from a local Chilean name for some plants in the Myrtaceae family and compares this species, Chilean myrtle (Amomyrtus luma), with those in the Luma genus. [See Amomyrtus luma.]

lunatus is derived from Latin luna (moon) meaning 'crescent moon-shaped'. [See Phaseolus lunatus.]

lusitanicum means 'of or from Portugal (Lusitania)'. [See Ophioglossum lusitanicum.]

luteola means 'yellowish or pale yellow'. [See Reseda luteola.]


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