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gabonensis means 'of or from Gabon (west-central Africa)'. [See Irvingia gabonensis.]

Gagea [genus name] certainly commemorates some member(s) of the English Gage family of both Hengrave Hall in Suffolk and Firle Place in East Sussex, as does the common name, greengage, as well. There appear to be two possible candidates Sir William Gage (1666-1727) and Sir Thomas Gage, (1761 or 1781-1820). Unfortunately records conflict on which Gage imported fruit trees from France which were supposed to be Reine Claudes (honouring the wife of Francois I, 1494-1547) – the story goes that when the trees arrived at their destination their labels had been lost. Some authorities even attribute the genus name to one man and the common name to the other. [See Gagea.]

Gaillardia [genus name] commemorates, for some authorities, the name of an 18th Century French magistrate and patron of botany who was known to some as Gaillard de Chantonnay and to others as Gaillard de Charentonneau. Then there are other authorities who suggest that the recipient of this honour was a French botanist Gaillard de Merentonneau. (Unfortunately there seems to be little or no clear recorded information available on any of the foregoing.) [See Gaillardia.]

galanga is, for some authorities, a corruption of Arabic khulendjan or khalangian, which may itself be derived from Chinese liang-kiang (mild ginger). [See Alpinia galanga.]

Galanthus [genus name] is derived from Greek galacto- (milk) and antho- (flower) components with reference to the whiteness of the flower. [See Galanthus.]

Galax [genus name] is derived from Greek galacto- (milk) with possible reference to the colour of the flowers. [See Galax.]

galbaniflua is derived from Latin galbanum (name for the resinous sap) and/or galbinus (greenish-yellow) and fluo (to flow) components meaning 'yielding a greenish-yellow sap'. [See Ferula galbaniflua.]

gale was an old English common name for the species Myrica gale, (bog-myrtle). [See Myrica gale.]

Galega [genus name] is derived from Greek galacto- (milk) and ago (to lead) components with reference to its past use for stimulating increased flow of milk in some animals eg. cows.

Members of this family (Leguminosae) absorb nitrogen from the air. Through the bacterial nodules on their deep growing roots, they will introduce nitrogen to the soil (and aerate it), to the benefit of neighbouring plants and any following them in the same soil. [See Galega.]

galeobdolon is derived from Greek gale- (weasel) and bdolos (disagreeable odour) components. [See Lamium galeobdolon.]


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