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amazonica means 'of or from Amazonia, the Amazon River region in South America'. [See Eucharis amazonica, Victoria amazonica.]

amboinicus means 'of or from Ambon (or Amboina), the name of both the island and the capital of the Indonesian Spice Islands in the Maluku island group'. [See Plectranthus amboinicus.]

americana means 'of or from America (North or South)'. [See Agave americana, Apios americana, Callicarpa americana, Campanula americana, Conopholis americana, Corylus americana, Fraxinus americana, Genipa americana, Heuchera americana, Hydrocotyle americana, Mammea americana, Osmanthus americana, Persea americana, Phytolacca americana, Prunus americana, Sorbus americana, Tilia americana, Ulmus americana.]

americanus means 'of or from America (North or South)'. [See Ceanothus americanus, Lycopus americanus, Lysichiton americanus.]

Amherstia [genus name] commemorates Lady Sarah Elizabeth Amherst (1762-1838) who was a keen amateur naturalist and collected plants. She accompanied her husband when he was appointed governor-general of India in 1823 (after his unsuccessful Peking mission in 1816) a post which embraced the period of the first Burmese War in 1824.

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 Amherstia.]

Ammi [genus name] is derived from a Greek and Latin word for a plant in this family. [See Ammi.]

ammoniacum is derived from the name of the place from which the plant's resin was collected hundreds of years ago, the Temple of Jupiter Ammon in the Libyan Desert. [See Dorema ammoniacum.]

amoena is Latin (pleasant, delightful). [See Clarkia amoena.]

Amomum [genus name] is for some authorities a corruption of a Greek name for an Indian spice plant, amomon, and for others it is derived from Greek a (without) and momos (harm) components with reference to the use of species in this genus as antidotes for poisons. [See Amomum.]

Amorpha [genus name] is derived from Greek a (without) and -morpha (shape) components meaning ‘shapeless or deformed’ with reference to the shape of the flowers and the absence of wings or a keel.

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 Amorpha.]


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