Sappi What's in a Name: The Meanings of the Botanical Names of Trees
Latin is not as widely spoken as it once was, even among well-educated people. Therefore, names that were once self-explanatory have, for most of us, lost their simplicity and become obscure.
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Acacia Adolf Engler American vernacular name Angola anther anthos Arabic name Australia bark Berlin botanical collector botanist botany bracts branches Brazil Brazilian vernacular name calyx Carl China Classical Greek name Classical Latin name collected extensively collected plants collected the type colour Cycad dendron derived director discovered Eastern Cape Eucalyptus explorer False fera flora flowers Forest French botanist Friedrich fruit genus George German glands Greek brachys Greek pseudo Guyanese vernacular name hairs hairy Herbarium horticulturist inflorescence Johann John karpos KwaZulu-Natal leaf leaflets leaves Limpopo Province lndian vernacular name lnstitute lobes lsland Madagascar Malagasy missionary Mozambique Mpumalanga Namibia National Botanical Gardens naturalist palm petals phyllon plant collector pods Pretoria professor of botany pteron referring resembling resin Royal Botanic Gardens Sappi seeds South Africa South American vernacular southern Africa species sperma spike stalk stamens stem stigma thorns tree type specimen vernacular name Wilhelm William wing wood xylon Zimbabwe