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Fabiana [genus name] commemorates a Spanish cleric, Archbishop Francisco Fabian y Fuero of Valencia (1719-1801), who encouraged the study of plants and the development of agriculture (certainly in the Spanish Mediterranean region). Born in central Mexico and educated in Spain, in 1764 he became bishop of Puebla, Mexico (then the main colonial city, which had been established by the Spanish in 1531). Resigning in 1773 he returned to Spain where until 1774 he was archbishop of Valencia. After his retirement he returned to his homeland. His ministry embraced educational improvements particularly, including in Puebla, the establishment of a College for young Indians and an academy of literature, supported by a public library and a printing press. [See Fabiana.]

Fallopia [genus name] commemorates an Italian physician, anatomist and botanist, Gabriele Falloppio (1523-1562), also known as Fallopius. He began his career as a canon in the cathedral at Modena and after obtaining a medical degree became professor of anatomy at Ferrara in 1548, Pisa in 1549 and Padua in 1551. In addition he was professor of botany and superintendent of the botanical gardens at Padua. Lay awareness of him today is primarily directed towards his study of the reproductive organs not least because, in orthodox Western medicine, the connection between the ovaries and uterus ie. the Fallopian tube, is named after him. (It was also Falloppio who named the vagina and the clitoris, as well as the placenta.) But some authorities point out that his prime interest was the anatomy of the head, notwithstanding his studies of the body's bones and muscles. He also made a significant contribution to practical medicine, including the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and the introduction of new surgical procedures. [See Fallopia.]

farfara is derived from an ancient name for white poplar (Populus alba) meaning. 'like white poplar' with reference to the leaves. [See Tussilago farfara.]

farinosa is derived from Latin farina (flour, meal) meaning 'mealy, powdery or covered with a floury bloom'.[See Aletris farinosa.]

farnesiana means 'of or from the gardens of the Farnese Palace in Rome'. [See Acacia farnesiana.]

fasciculata is derived from Latin fasciculus (bundle, packet, fagot) meaning 'clustered or growing/grouped together in bundles'. [See Prunus fasciculata, Puccinellia fasciculata, Vernonia fasciculata.]

Felicia [genus name] commemorates a German official at Regensburg, Herr Felix, who died in 1846. [See Felicia.]

fenestratum is Latin fenestra (window) with reference either to a shiny leaf surface, or to leaves with holes or transparent patches. [See Coscinium fenestratum.]

Ferocactus [genus name] is derived from Latin ferox (ferocious, spiny or very thorny) and Greek cactus (spiny plant) components with reference to the vicious spines. Some authorities note the possibility that those who originally determined this name may have sought a reference to the spiny Cactus genus (which no longer exists) to endorse the same meaning. [See Ferocactus.]

ferox means 'ferocious, spiny or very thorny'. [See Aconitum ferox, Aloe ferox, Datura ferox.]


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