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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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Carpobrotus [genus name] is made up of Greek carpo- (fruit) and broto- (flesh, meat) components meaning 'edible fruit'. [See Carpobrotus.]

Carthamus [genus name] is derived from an Arabic word for 'to paint' with reference to the brightly coloured flowers — or from Hebrew qarthami of similar meaning. [See Carthamus.]

carthusiana means 'of or from the monks of the Carthusian Monastery of Grande Chartreuse near Grenoble, France'. [See Dryopteris carthusiana.]

Carum [genus name] is based for some on ancient Arabic karawiya (caraway seed, Carum carvi), for others it is derived from caraway's Greek name karon, and for yet others from Caria (the name of the district in Asia Minor where the plant was discovered). [See Carum.]

Caryocar [genus name] is derived from Greek caryon (nut). [See Caryocar.]

caryophyllus is derived from Greek karya (walnut tree) and phyllo- (leaf) components meaning 'smelling of walnut leaves'. [See Dianthus caryophyllus.]

Caryota [genus name] is derived from Greek karyota (date-shaped nut). [See Caryota.]

Cassiope [genus name] Cassiope was the wife of Cepheus and mother of Andromeda in Greek mythology, and this and the Andromeda genus are closely related. [See Cassiope.]

Castanospermum [genus name] is derived from Latin castanea (chestnut) and Greek -sperma (seed) components with reference to the seeds in this genus.

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 Castanospermum.]

Castilleja [genus name] commemorates a Spanish botanist, Juan Domingo Castillejo (1744-1793) who was a professor of botany in Cadiz. [See Castilleja.]


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