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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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cacao is derived from cocoa's Aztec name cacahuatl or from kakawa. [See Theobroma cacao.]

caerulea is Latin caerulei- (blue) meaning 'dark blue or sky blue'. [See Houstonia caerulea, Molinia caerulea, Passiflora caerulea, Phyllodoce caerulea.]

caespitosa means 'growing in dense clumps, tufted, or turf-like'. [See Oenothera caespitosa subsp. marginata.]

cajan is a corruption of a local Malay name for Angola pea, katjan. [See Cajanus cajan.]

Cakile [genus name] is for some authorities an Arabic name. [See Cakile.]

calaguala is a local Peruvian name. [See Polypodium calaguala.]

Calamagrostis [genus name] is made up of Greek kalamos (reed, cane) and agrostis (a kind of grass) components. [See Calamagrostis.]

Calamintha [genus name] is made up of Greek calos (pleasant) and minthe (mint) components. [See ... .]

calamus is derived for some authorities from Greek kalamos (reed, cane) and for others from Arabic kalon of similar meaning, and is a classical Latin name for the plant. [See Acorus calamus.]

Calandrinia [genus name] commemorates a Swiss philosopher and mathematician, Jean Louis Calandrini (1703-1758) who was a professor at Geneva. [See Calandrinia.]


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