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Parahebe [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Hebe components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See ... .]

Parapholis [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and -pholis (horny reptile-scale) components with reference to the pair of adjacent very tiny, leaf-like bracts at the base of the spikelet. [See Parapholis.]

Parashorea [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Shorea components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See Parashorea.]

Paratecoma [genus name] is derived from Greek para- (beside, near, close to, alongside) and the genus name Tecoma components, with reference to the similarity of the two genera. [See Paratecoma.]

Parentucellia [genus name] commemorates Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455), also known as The Great Humanist and who was actually born Tomaso Parentucelli. Already in contact with humanist scholars, Parentucelli came to the notice of Bishop Nicholas Albergati (1375-1443) of Bologna who sent him on a tour of Germany, France and England during which he furthered his studies and collected books. He became bishop of Bologna in 1444 and displayed his diplomatic skills as a Papal legate during negotiations between the Holy See and the Holy Roman Empire which led to his next appointment as Cardinal priest of Santa Susanna in 1446. Three months later in March 1447 he succeeded Eugene IV as Pope and took the name of his initial patron. Apart from significant political events and, on his part, strong encouragement of a cultural renaissance not least because of his humanist leanings, his papacy also included the establishment of the Vatican library and garden, as well as work on Vatican buildings, Rome's water supply, the paving of main streets and reinforcement of fortifications. [See Parentucellia.]

Parinari [genus name] is a local Brazilian name. [See Parinari.]

parqui is a Chilean name for the plant, green jessamine (Cestrum parqui). [See Cestrum parqui.]

Parthenium [genus name] is for some authorities derived from parthenion a Greek name for an unspecified plant and note that, according to the Greek biographer, historian and philosopher, Plutarch (c.46-c.120 AD), this unspecified plant was so christened because it had been instrumental in saving the life of a man who fell from the Parthenon in Athens when it was being built. For other authorities one of the species in this genus is considered to be the American equivalent of European feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium now moved from the Pyrethrum genus) which could explain the choice of the name Parthenium. [See Parthenium.]

parthenium is derived from the genus name Parthenium meaning 'like plants in that genus'. [See Tanacetum parthenium.]

parviflora is derived from Latin parvi- (small, little) and -flora (flowered) meaning 'small flowered'. [See Galinsoga parviflora, Malva parviflora, Pinus parviflora.]


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