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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.]

globosa is Latin (round, spherical) or globus (ball, globe, sphere). [See Rothmannia globosa.]


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