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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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ebenum means 'ebony-black or black'. [See Diospyros ebenum.]

ebenus means 'ebony-black or black'. [See Brya ebenus.]

ebulus is both a Greek and a Latin name for dwarf elder, Sambucus ebulus. [See Sambucus ebulus.]

Ecballium [genus name] is derived from Greek ecballo- (throw out) with reference to the explosive ejection of the seeds when the fruit mature. [See Ecballium.]

Echinacea [genus name] is derived from Greek echino- (hedgehog, sea urchin, spine) with reference to the prickly scales at the base of the flowerhead. [See Echinacea.]

echinata is derived from Greek echino- (hedgehog, sea urchin, spine) meaning 'hedgehog-like or covered with prickles'. [See Pinus echinata.]

echinatum is derived from Greek echino- (hedgehog, sea urchin, spine) meaning 'hedgehog-like or covered with prickles'. [See Pelargonium echinatum.]

Echinocystis [genus name] is derived from Greek echino- (hedgehog, sea urchin, spine) and cysti- (bladder) components with reference to the spiny fruit. [See Echinocystis.]

Echinops [genus name] is derived from Greek echino- (hedgehog, sea urchin, spine) and -opsis (likeness) components with reference to the flower heads. [See Echinops.]

Echium [genus name] is derived from Greek echi- (adder) with reference severally to a perceived resemblance between the seeds and an adder's head or the spotted stem and a snake's skin, or even the plant's past use as an antidote for an adder's bite (that ideally should have been taken before being bitten). Additionally echion was one of the plants' ancient Greek names. [See Echium.]


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