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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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Petroselinum [genus name] is derived from Greek petro- (rock) and selinon (parsley or celery) components. [See Petroselinum.]

Petunia [genus name] is a corruption of a Brazilian name for tobacco petun.

Both this and the tobacco genus (Nicotiana) are closely related. [See Petunia.]

Peucedanum [genus name] is derived from Greek peukedanon (parsnip). [See Peucedanum.]

Peumus [genus name] is a corruption of a local Chilean name for the plant. [See Peumus.]

Phacelia [genus name] is derived from Greek phacelo- (bundle, fagot, cluster) with reference to the flowers' arrangement. [See Phacelia.]

Phalaenopsis [genus name] is derived from Greek phalaino- (moth) and -opsis (likeness) components with reference to the flowers that have been compared with tropical moths in flight.

American research at NASA at the turn of the 20th and 21st Centuries has identified useful air purification qualities in Phalaenopsis species. Apparently they are believed to be able to dissipate formaldehyde and xylene present in some interior environments. [See Phalaenopsis.]

Phalaris [genus name] is a classical Greek name for a grass from this genus. [See Phalaris.]

Phaseolus [genus name] is derived from a Greek name phaselos and classical Latin phaselus for a kind of bean.

These species are native to the New World ie. North to South America. They only appeared in Europe after the 15th Century.

In addition to specific mention for a species, foliage of some species may be poisonous.

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 Phaseolus.]

Phegopteris [genus name] is derived from Greek phegos (oak) and pteris (fern) components. [See Phegopteris.]

philadelphica means 'of or from Philadelphia, USA'. [See Physalis philadelphica.]


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