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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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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.]

philadelphicus means 'of or from Philadelphia, USA'. [See Erigeron philadelphicus.]

Philadelphus [genus name] commemorates the Egyptian King Ptolemy II (308-246 BC) who some authorities claim had a deep affection for his half-brother (Ptolemy Ceraunus), while for others it was a Greek or Roman family name that meant 'love for a brother or sister'. Yet others contend it is the Greek name for the plant. [See Philadelphus.]

Philesia [genus name] is derived from Greek philo- (loving) with reference to the flowers. [See Philesia.]

phleoides is made up of the genus name Phleum and Greek -oides (like) components meaning in this case (this species was moved from the genus Phalaris) 'like a species of Phleum'. [See Phleum phleoides.]

Phleum [genus name] is derived from Greek phleos (kind of reed or grass). [See Phleum.]

Phlomis [genus name] is a Greek name for a plant that may not have come from this genus. [See Phlomis.]

Phlox [genus name] is derived for some authorities from either Greek -phlox (flame) or phlego (burn) components, and was used by the Greeks for a flame-coloured flower that has never been identified. [See Phlox.]

Phoebe [genus name] is a Greek woman's name. [See ... .]


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