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aloides is made up of the genus name Aloe and Greek -oides (like) components meaning 'like plants in that (aloe) genus'. [See Stratiotes aloides.]

Alopecurus [genus name] is made up of Greek alopeco (fox) and ura (tail, tailed) components meaning 'like a fox's tail'. [See Alopecurus.]

alpestris means 'of lower mountainous areas' ie. below the tree line. [See Myosotis alpestris, Ranunculus alpestris.]

alpinum means 'alpine' ie. found above the tree line. [See Laburnum alpinum, Leontopodium alpinum, Ribes alpinum.]

alsinifolium is made up of the genus name Alsine and -folia (leaved) meaning 'with leaves like those of that genus (now included in Minuartia and Stellaria genera)'. [See Epilobium alsinifolium.]

alternifolia is derived from Latin alterni- (exchange) and -folia (leaved) components meaning 'alternate leaves (on each side of the stem not opposite each other)'. [See Cornus alternifolia.]

Althaea [genus name] is derived from Greek althàinein or althein (to heal, cure) meaning 'hollyhock' (Alcea rosea) with reference to medicinal properties of some hollyhock species. [See Althaea.]

amara is Latin (bitter). [See Iberis amara, Polygala amara, Prunus dulcis var. amara, Quassia amara.]

amarella is derived from Latin amarus (bitter) meaning 'somewhat bitter'. [See Gentianella amarella.]

Amaryllis [genus name] is the name of the shepherdess in the pastoral poetry of the Greek poet Theocritus (c.310-250 BC) and 200 years later of the Roman poets, Virgil (70-19 BC) and Ovid (43 BC-17 AD). [See Amaryllis.]


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