L-R: Sphenosciadium capitellatum (Ranger's buttons), Cichorium intybus (Chicory), Uropappus lindleyi (Silver puffs), Delphinium cardinale (Scarlet larkspur), Malosma laurina (Laurel sumac)


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In the following names, the stressed vowel is the one preceding the stress mark. It is not always easy to ascertain where such stress should be placed, especially in the case of epithets derived from personal names. I have tried to follow the principle of maintaining the stress of the original name as outlined in the Jepson Manual, and have abandoned it only when it was just too awkward. In the case of some names, I have listed them twice, reflecting either some disagreement or conflict in the rules of pronunciation, some uncertainty on my part as to the correct pronunciation, or that simply sometimes there is no single correct pronunciation. In other instances, the way I record it is just that which sounds right to my ear. Where no credit is given for photos, they are in public domain mostly from Wikipedia.
  • Cabom'ba: derived from a native name in Guiana. (ref. genus Cabomba)
  • Cacaliop'sis: like genus Cacalia (ref. genus Cacaliopsis)
  • caelesti'num: heavenly, having to do with the heavens, named due to the high elevation location of this taxon. (ref. Eriogonum ovalifolium var. caelestinum)
  • caeru'lea/caeru'leum: blue. (ref. Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea, Polemonium caeruleum [now occidentale])
  • caerules'cens: bluish or tinted with blue.
  • Caesalpin'ia: named after Andrea Cesalpino (1519-1603) of Italy. The following is quoted from the Catholic
      Encyclopedia entry on Cesalpino: "A physician, philosopher, and naturalist, distinguished above all as a botanist; born at Arezzo in Tuscany, Italy, 6 June, 1519; died at Rome, 23 February, 1603. For his studies at the University of Pisa his instructor in medicine was R. Colombo (d. 1559), and in botany the celebrated Luca Ghini (d. 1556). After completing his course he taught philosophy, medicine, and botany for many years at the same university, besides making botanical explorations in various parts of Italy. At this time the first botanical gardens in Europe were laid out; the earliest
    at Padua, in 1546; the next at Pisa in 1547 by Ghini, who was its first director. Ghini was succeeded by Cesalpino, who had charge of the Pisan garden 1554-1558. When far advanced in years Cesalpino accepted a call to Rome as professor of medicine at the Sapienza and physician to Pope Clement VIII. It is not positively certain whether he also become the chief superintendent of the Roman botanical garden which had been laid out about 1566 by one of his most celebrated pupils, Michele Mercati (1541-1593). All of Cesalpino's writings show the man of genius and the profound thinker. His style, it is true, is often heavy, yet in spite of the scholastic form in which his works are cast, passages of great beauty often occur. Modern botanists and physiologists who are not acquainted with the writings of Aristotle find Cesalpino's books obscure; their failure to comprehend them has frequently misled them in their judgment of his achievement. No comprehensive summing up of the results of Cesalpino's investigations, founded on a critical study of all his works has appeared, neither has there been a complete edition of his writings. Seven of these are positively known, and most of the seven have been printed several times, although none have appeared since the seventeenth century. In the following list the date of publication given is that of the first edition. His most important philosophical work is "Quaestionum peripateticarum libri V" (Florence, 1569). Cesalpino proves himself in this to be one of the most eminent and original students of Aristotle in the sixteenth century. His writings, however, show traces of the influence of Averroes, hence he is an Averroistic Aristotelean; apparently he was also inclined to Pantheism, consequently he was included, later, in the Spinozists before Spinoza. A Protestant opponent of Aristotelean views, Nicholas Taurellus (d. 1606, at Altdorf), who is called "the first German philosopher", wrote several times against Cesalpino. The work of Taurellus entitled "Alpes caesae", etc. (Frankfort, 1597), is entirely devoted to combating the opinions of Cesalpino, as the play on the name Caesalpinus shows. Nearly one hundred years later Cesalpino's views were again attacked, this time by an Englishman, Samuel Parker (d.1688), in a work entitled: "Disputationes de Deo et providentiâ divinâ" (London, 1678). Cesalpino repeatedly asserted the steadfastness of his Catholic principles and his readiness to acknowledge the falsity of any philosophical opinions expounded by him as Aristotelean doctrine, which should be contrary to revelation. In Italy he was in high favour both with the secular and spiritual rulers. Cesalpino's physiological investigations concerning the circulation of the blood are well known, but even up to the present time they have been as often overestimated as undervalued. An examination of the various passages in his writings which bear upon the question shows that although it must be said that Celsalpino had penetrated further into the secret of circulation of the blood than any other physiologist before William Harvey, still he had not attained to a thorough knowledge, founded on anatomical research, of the entire course of the blood. Besides the work "Quæstionum peripateticarum" already mentioned, reference should be made to "Quaestionum medicarum libri duo" (Venice, 1593), and to his most important publication "De plantis libri XVI" (Florence, 1583). This last work has made Cesalpino immortal; the date of its publication, 1583, is one of the most important in the history of botany before Linnaeus. The permission to print the book is dated 27 September, 1581. The work is dedicated to the Grand Duke Francesco de Medici; including dedication and the indexes, it contains some 670 quarto pages, of which 621 are taken up with the text proper. Unlike the "herbals" of that period, it contains no illustrations. The first section, including thirty pages of the work, is the part of most importance for botany in general. From the beginning of the seventeenth century up to the present day botanists have agreed in the opinion that Cesalpino in this work, in which he took Aristotle for his guide, laid the foundation of the morphology and physiology of plants and produced the first scientific classification of flowering plants. Three things, above all, give the book the stamp of individuality: the large number of original, acute observations, especially on flowers, fruits, and seeds, made, moreover, before the discovery of the microscope, the selection of the organs of fructification for the foundation of his botanical system; finally, the ingenious and at the same time strictly philosophical handling of the rich material gathered by observation. Cesalpino issued a publicatlon supplementary to this work, entitled: "Appendix ad libros de plantis et quaestiones peripateticas" (Rome, 1603). Cesalpino is also famous the history of botany as one of the first botanists to make a herbarium; one of the oldest herbaria still in existence is that which he arranged about 1550-60 for Bishop Alfonso Tornabono. After many changes of fortune the herbarium is now in the museum of natural history at Florence. It consists of 260 folio pages arranged in three volumes bound in red leather, and contains 768 varieties of plants. A work of some value for chemistry, mineralogy, and geology was issued by him under the title: "De metallicis libri tres" (Rome, 1596). Some of its matter recalls the discoveries made at the end of the eighteenth century, as those of Lavoisier and Hauy, it also shows a correct understanding of fossils. The Franciscan monk, Karl Plumier (d. 1704), gave the name of Cesalpinia to a species of plants and Linnaeus retained it in his system. At the present day this species includes not over forty varieties and belongs to the sub-order Caesalpinioideae (family Leguminosae), which contains a large number of useful plants." (ref. genus Caesalpinia)
  • cae'sius: light blue, or bluish-gray. (ref. Penstemon caesius)
  • caespiti'tius: growing in carpet-like patches.
  • caespito'sa/caespito'sum/caespito'sus: caespitose, having a densely-clumped, tufted or cushion-like growth form, with the flowers held above the clump or tuft, alternate spelling cespitose. (ref. Dudleya caespitosa, Eschscholzia caespitosa, Heuchera caespitosa, Vaccinum caespitosa, Eriogonum caespitosum, Petrophyton caespitosum, Lupinus caespitosus)
  • cair'ica: of or from Cairo, Egypt. (ref. Ipomoea cairica)
  • Ca'kile: an old Arabic name for this plant. (ref. genus Cakile)
  • Calamagros'tis: from the Greek kalamos, "a reed or stalk," and agrostis, "grass or weed." (ref. genus Calamagrostis)
  • calamin'tha: from the Greek name for savory, kalaminthe, from kalos, "beautiful," and minthe, "mint." (ref. Satureja calamintha)
  • ca'lamus: from the Greek kalamos, "a reed or stalk." (ref. Acorus calamus)
  • Calandrin'ia: named for Jean Louis Calandrini (1703-1758), a professor of mathematics and philosophy, and
      a botanical author in Switzerland.  His interests were varied and extended beyond botany to include such things as conic sections, the theory of derivatives, resistance theory, vortex systems, elastic motion relative to sound, and the attraction and mean motion of sound, the moon,  logic and plant physiology. He was the author of studies on the aurora borealis, comets, and the effects of lightning, as well as of an important unpublished work on flat and spherical trigonometry. He also wrote a commentary on the Principia of Isaac Newton. He undertook a three-year journey to
    France and England, and  played an active role in the political affairs  of Geneva, taking up a position for a time as treasurer of the city. He was also on the city council and was involved with the restoration of the cathedral of Geneva. The genus Calandrinia was published in his honor by Karl Sigismund Kunth in 1823. (ref. genus Calandrinia)
  • calcara'tus: spurred.
  • calcar'eus: chalky white, or growing on chalky soil. (ref. Penstemon calcareus)
  • calceolifor'mis: from the Greek calceolus, "slipper," thus a flower (presumably) in the form or shape of a slipper. (ref. Suaeda calceoliformis)
  • calcico'la: from the Latin calcis, "lime, chalk," and the -cola suffix indicating "a dweller of," thus an inhabitant of limy or carbonate soils. (ref. Dudleya calcicola, Erythranthe calcicola)
  • calcitra'pa: from the Latin calcitro, "to kick," caltrop, a four-pointed weapon usually positioned on the ground to impede enemy movements. (ref. Centaurea calcitrapa)
  • cal'deri: named for James Alexander Calder (1915-1990), Canadian botanist at the herbarium of the Department of Agriculture at Ottawa who spent much of his life studying the flora of Ottawa, British Columbia and Yukon Territory. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and moved with his family to Ottawa where his father took up an appointment in the Senate. He developed an early interest in plant life and attended Ashbury College (Rockcliffe) and then McGill University where he studied geology. Following his B.Sc. in 1940 he began a postgraduate course while also working as a summer assistant for the Geological Survey of Canada in the Ottawa Valley. When World War I began he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in Canada, Europe and India. After the war he was offered a position at the herbarium of the Botany and Plant Pathology Division of the Department of Agriculture, remaining there until his early retirement in 1966.In 1948 he published a work on bladderworts entitled Utricularia. He collected first around Ottawa, then in northern Quebec and Baffin Island in 1948. In 1949 he travelled to western Canada to visit the Yukon Territory and several years later began botanical exploration in British Columbia. He was especially interested in Carex and published some works on its taxonomy. His most important work was probably his Flora of the Queen Charlotte Islands, co-authored with Roy Taylor in 1968, but he also produced papers on the Saxifragaceae and the genus Isopyrum L. He took early retirement after his proposal for a phyto-geographical treatment of the vascular plants of the Cordilleran region of British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Alberta was rejected, and later moved to the Victoria region of British Columbia. His retirement years were spent mostly with his rhododendron garden, golfing and stamp collecting. He was married and had three sons. (ref. Adiantum pedatum calderi, Boechera calderi, Equisetum calderi)
  • Calen'dula: from the Latin calendae for "calender," and an allusion to this plant's long flowering season. (ref. genus Calendula and species Arctotheca calendula)
  • Cal'ia/Calibracho'a: named for Antonio de la Cal y Bracho (1766-1833), Mexican botanist and pharmacologist, disciple of the group of naturalists of the botanical garden of Madrid. He came to Nueva Espana in 1795 to work as a senior botanist at the San Pedro hospital in the city of Puebla, where he bcame established and lived until the end of his days. He was a member of the Medical Surgical Academy of Puebla, the city where he founded a botanical garden in 1802. He published Ensayo para la materia médica mexicana in 1832. He died in the city of Puebla during the cholera epidemic in 1833. (ref. genus Calibrachoa)
  • calidipet'ris: this is only a conjecture, but the name may derive from the roots calid, "warm," and petris, "rocks," since one of the described habitats for this species is lava beds. (ref. Erigeron inornatus var. calidipetris)
  • calienten'sis: from the Caliente Hills in Kern County. (ref. Clarkia tembloriensis ssp. calientensis)
  • Califor'nia: see next entry. (ref. genus California)
  • califor'nica/califor'nicum/califor'nicus: of or from California. (too many references to list)
  • calirhiza: combination of parent species, P. californicum and P. glycyrrhiza. (ref. Polypodium calirhiza)
  • Callian'dra: from the Greek kallos, "beautiful," and andra, "stamen." (ref. genus Calliandra)
  • callian'themus: having beauiful flowers
  • callicar'pha: from the Greek kallos, "beautiful," and karphos, "a splinter, twig, chaff, straw," of uncertain application. (ref. Hulsea vestita ssp. callicarpha)
  • cal'lida: from the Latin callidus, " experienced, skillful, cunning." (ref. Ivesia callida)
  • cal'lii: after Dr. Tracey Gillette Call (1915-1994) and his wife Viola Ruth Clifton Call (1920-2002) who taught laboratory classes at Cal Poly in the Biological Sciences Department. David Hollombe sent the following from Who's Who in the West: "Call, Tracey Gillete, educator; born Afton, Wyoming, May 31, 1915; A.B., Brigham Young Uuniversity, 1947; B.S., Idaho State College, 1940; M.S., University of Maryland, 1944; Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1956; married Viola Ruth Clifton, Jan. 27, 1941; assistant professir of pharmacognosy and pharmacology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, 1945-1946; assistant professor at University of Wyoming, Laramie, 1947-1949; associate professor at Montana State University, Missoula, 1949-1957; Research Department, Sunkist Growers, Inc., Corona, California, 1957-1961; project director W.L.R.I., Colton, California, 1961-62; professor of biology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1962- ; fellow, American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education; member of the American Society of Pharmacognosy, Society for Economic Botany, N.Y., California Academy of Sciences; member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints." Discovered this taxon with his wife. (ref. Angelica callii)
  • calliopsid'ea: having the form or appearance of genus Calliopsis. (ref. Leptosyne calliopsidea)
  • Callis'temon: from the Greek kalli or kallos, "beautiful," and stemon, a stamen, in reference to the extraordinary beauty of the flowers of this genus. (ref. genus Callistemon)
  • callis'tum/callis'tus: very (most) beautiful. (ref. Eriogonum callistum, Streptanthus callistus)
  • Calli'triche: from the Greek kallos, "beautiful," and trichos, "hair," because of the beautiful stems. (ref. genus Callitriche)
  • Callitrop'sis: resembling Callitris, an Australian genus of conifers in the Cupressaceae, which derives from the Greek kalli, "beautiful," and treis or tria, "three," referring to the three-leaved whorls. (ref. genus Callitropsis)
  • callo'sa: having a hard skin, calloused. (ref. Collinsia callosa)
  • Caloced'rus: from the Greek kallos, "beautiful," and kedros, "cedar," thus meaning "beautiful cedar." (ref. genus Calocedrus)
  • Calocho'rtus: derived from the Greek word kallos for "beautiful" and chortus, "grass," referring to the grassy leaves. (ref. genus Calochortus)
  • Cal'tha: a Latin name for the marigold. (ref. genus Caltha)
  • calthifo'lia: having leaves like those of the genus Caltha, in England called marsh-marigold and in America sometimes also referred to as cowslip. (ref. Phacelia calthifolia)
  • cal'vus: bald, hairless, naked.
  • Calycaden'ia: from the Greek kalyx, "cup or covering," and aden, "gland," alluding to the cuplike calyx. (ref. genus Calycadenia)
  • calycan'tha/Calycan'thus: from the Greek kalyx, "calyx," and anthos, "flower," and referring to the similarity between the sepals and petals. (ref. Stellaria calycantha, also genus Calycanthus)
  • calycin'a/calycin'um: calyx-like, with a persistent calyx. (ref. Ehrharta calycina, Lepechinia calycina, Sagittaria calycina, Hypericum calycinum)
  • calyco'sa/calyco'sum/calyco'sus: having a full calyx. (ref. Sidalcea calycosa, Centaurium calycosum, Astragalus calycosus)
  • Calycos'eris: from the Greek kalux, "cup," and seris, a chicory-like genus. (ref. genus Calycoseris)
  • calycula'ta: from the Latin calyculus, "a small flower bud."
  • Calyp'so: named for the sea nymph Calypso or Kalypso, daughter of Atlas, who entertained Odysseus for seven more or less involuntary years during his voyage home from the Trojan Wars but was finally persuaded to let him go when Zeus sent Hermes to intervene on his behalf. (ref. genus Calypso)
  • Calyptrid'ium: from the Greek kaluptra, a cap or covering, because of the way the petals close over the caps. (ref. genus Calyptridium)
  • Calyste'gia: from two Greek words kalux, "cup," and stegos, "a covering," and thus meaning "a covering cup" (?). (ref. genus Calystegia)
  • camaldulen'sis: referring to the Camaldoli Garden near Naples in Italy. (ref. Eucalyptus camaldulensis)
  • cam'ara: a South American vernacular name for a species of Lantana. (ref. Lantana camara)
  • Camas'sia: from native American words Camas and quamash for "sweet" in reference to the importance of this plant as a food source. (ref. Camassia quamash)
  • Camelin'a: from the Greek camai, "dwarf," and linon, "flax," the common name for the genus being false-flax. This is an example of the term "dwarf" being used in the sense of "false." Another example is the genus Chamaecyparissus, the common name of which is false cypress. (ref. genus Camelina)
  • Camisson'ia: named for Ludolf Karl Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838), who was a botanist on the ship Rurik
      which visited California in 1816, and who named the California poppy for his friend Dr. Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz. He was born French with the name Vicomte de Chamisso and baptized Louis Charles Adélaïde and later in Prussia took the name Adelbert. He spent several years in the Prussian army. In 1818 after returning he was made custodian of the botanical gardens in Berlin, and was elected a member of the Academy of Sciences. The following is quoted from the Encyclopaedia Britannica Online: "...one of the most gifted lyricists of the Berlin Romanticists
    and best remembered for the Faust-like fairy tale Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte (1814; Peter Schlemihl's Remarkable Story). When he was nine, Chamisso's family escaped the terrors of the French Revolution by taking refuge in Berlin. After abandoning his native French language for German, Chamisso published his first works in the Berliner Musenalmanach, which he coedited from 1804 to 1806. In 1804 he founded the Nordsternbund, a society of Berlin Romanticists. From 1807 to 1808 Chamisso toured France and Switzerland, participating in the literary circle of Madame de Staël. In 1814 Chamisso published the peculiar tale of Peter Schlemihl, which, more than any other work, won lasting recognition for its author. The story of a man who sold his shadow to the devil, it allegorized Chamisso's own political fate as a man without a country. Though rewarded with an inexhaustible purse, Schlemihl soon discovers that the lack of a shadow involves him in unexpected difficulties. He refuses, however, an offer to restore the shadow in exchange for his soul and instead, with the help of a pair of seven-league boots, wanders through the world searching for the peace of mind he has bartered away. [This story influenced Hans Christian Andersen's "The Shadow"] Chamisso's early poetry—as, for example, the cycle of poems Frauen-Liebe und Leben (“Woman's Love and Life”), set to music by Robert Schumann—depicted simple emotions with a sentimental naïveté common to German Romantic verse of the period. His narrative ballads and poems, such as “Vergeltung” (“Reward”) and “Salas y Gomez,” sometimes inclined to bizarre and mournful subjects. Chamisso's later poetry, however, became more realistic and was praised by the poet Heinrich Heine. Many of these later poems were patterned after the political lyrics of the French poet Pierre-Jean de Béranger, whose works Chamisso translated in 1838. Because these translations, together with his own imitations, helped to introduce the element of political lyricism into German poetry, Chamisso is considered by many critics to be the forerunner of the political poets of the 1840s. Chamisso was also a noted scientist involved in the discovery of the metagenesis of certain mollusks and a philologist known for his studies of Australasian languages. When he was botanist on a scientific voyage around the world (1815–18), he kept a diary, Reise um die Welt mit der Romanzoffischen Entdeckungs-Expedition (1836; “Voyage Around the World with the Romanzov Discovery Expedition”), which became a classic of its kind." (ref. genus Camissonia)
  • Camissoniop'sis: from the generic name Camissonia and the Greek opsis, "aspect, view, appearance," thus meaning "having the appearance of Camissonia." (ref. genus Camissoniopsis)
  • campaniflor'a: with bell-shaped flowers.
  • campanular'ia: bell-flowered or bell-shaped, like Campanula, the bellflower. (ref. Phacelia campanularia ssp. campanularia)
  • campanula'ta/campanula'tum/campanula'tus: bell-shaped. (ref. Allium campanulatum, Linanthus campanulatus)
  • campbellia'na: named for American botanist Douglas Houghton Campbell (1859-1953), one of the 15 founding
      professors at Stanford University. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Detroit High School in 1878, and studied botany at the University of Michigan, receiving a Master’s degree in 1882. He taught botany at Detroit High School while doing research for his Ph.D. which he was awarded in 1886. He travelled to Germany to learn more microscopy techniques, a subject he had already been studying. Upon his return he became a professor at Indiana University from 1888 to 1891 and wrote the textbook Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany.In 1891 he became the
    head of the botany department at Stanford and remained there until he retired in 1925. In 1895, having studied mosses and liverworts, he published the textbook The Structure and Development of Mosses and Fernswhich became the authoritative work on the subject. He published two further texts, Lectures on the Evolution of Plants(1899) and University Textbook of Botany(1902). He was president of the Botanical Society of America in 1913 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1910. He was a member of the Linnaean Society of London, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, the International Association of Botanists, and the American Philosophical Society. He established a reputation as one of the leading botanists of the United States. JSTOR says: “While on botanical expeditions he often made watercolours of places visited as an aide-memoire superior to a diary, and made sure to seek out tropical areas where he might find endemic ferns, especially eusporangiate ones. In the early 1890s he visited Hawaii, followed by Jamaica (1898), Europe (1899-1900), New Zealand and Australia (1903), Europe, South Africa, the East Indies and Japan (1905-1906), the West Indies again (1908) and the Mediterranean region (1910). Campbell made his second round-the-world voyage in 1912-1913, this time taking in the Suez Canal and more locations in the East Indies. He returned to Hawaii in 1917 and New Zealand and Australia in 1921. A book based on these explorations, An Outline of Plant Geography, appeared in 1926. He never married but lived with a Stanford colleague, Professor Allardice, until Allardice's death in 1928.” He died at the age of 93 in Palo Alto, California. (ref. Riccia campbelliana)
  • campbelli'ae: named for Elizabeth Ballard Thompson Campbell. Referred to as 'Mountt Hamilton's Lady Bountiful,' she was the wife of William Wallace Campbell, director of the Lick Observatory from 1901 to 1930. An abstract in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society says: "College-educated, talented and capable, her devotion extended beyond her home and family of three sons to being a true helpmate to her husband. 'Bessie' served on Mount Hamilton as hostess to the world of astronomy, as a public relations person via the writing of friendly, descriptive letters to absent staff members and possible donors, and as psychologist to humanize the brlliant but very intense W.W. Her greatest contribution to W.W.'s outstanding career came in her service as major domo for the eclipse expeditions to India, Spain, Flint Island, Russia and Australia. Her planning of the food supplies and her administration of the daily living needs at the end of the earth enabled the astronomers to concentrate on their work, well-fed and comfortable. Bessie learned to operate a spectrograph and to develop plates under primitive conditions. Best of all, Bessie kept detailed diaries of the eclipse expeditions and for two of them wrote complete manuscripts. Although she always stressed W.W.'s intelligence and importance, Bessie too was very intelligent and had an important role in his success." (ref. Arctostaphylos x campbelliae)
  • campbelli'ae: named for Marian Louise Waldron (Mrs. Robert G. Campbell) (1865-1963). (ref. Lupinus campbelliae)
  • campes'tre/campes'tris: of the fields or open plains. (ref. Acer campestre, Epilobium campestre, Camissonia campestris, Cuscuta campestris, Microseris campestris, Streptanthus campestris)
  • camphora'tum: pertaining to or resembling camphor. (ref. Tanacetum camphoratum)
  • campor'um: relating to plains or fields, from Latin campus, "a plain, field, open country, level place." (ref. Grindelia camporum)
  • camp'ylon: bent, curved.
  • campylopo'dum: with a curved or bent stem or stalk. (ref. Arceuthobium campylopodum)
  • ca'na/ca'num/ca'nus: ash-colored, gray, hoary. (ref. Artemisia cana, Epilobium cana, Gilia cana, Hazardia [formerly Haplopappus] cana, Epilobium canum ssp. latifolium, Tanacetum canum, Ranunculus canus, Senecio canus, Sphaeromeria cana)
  • canaden'sis: of or referring to Canada. (ref. Calamagrostis canadensis, Erigeron canadensis, Lactuca canadensis)
  • canarien'se/canarien'sis: of the Canary Islands. (ref. Genista canariensis, Hypericum canariense, Phalaris canariensis, Phoenix canariensis)
  • Can'bya/can'byi: after William Marriott Canby (1831-1904), a Delaware businessman, philanthropist and
      avid botanist. "Canby worked with such luminaries as naturalist John Muir, Charles Sprague Sargent of Harvard's Arnold Arboretum, taxonomist Asa Gray and landscape architect Frederic Law Olmsted. He corresponded with Charles Darwin, whom he inspired to finally finish a work on their mutual interest, insectivorous plants. Canby “fires me up” said Darwin. Canby established one of the finest herbariums in America, sold it, and then created another that he donated to the Natural History Society of Delaware, of which he was the first president (from the website of the
    Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, Illinois). The genus Canbya was published in his honor by Harvard botanist Asa Gray in 1886. (ref. genus Canbya and Lomatium canbyi) (Photo credit: Wisconsin Historical Society)
  • candela'brum: like a branched candlestick. (ref. Dudleya candelabrum)
  • can'dicans: white. (ref. Echium candicans, Monardella candicans)
  • can'dida: shining or pure white. (ref. Canbya candida, Githopsis diffusa ssp. candida)
  • candidis'simum: very white.
  • candol'lei: named after Swiss botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (1778-1841), an influential systematist who
      coined the term ‘taxonomy’ and also an important figure in the field of chronobiology.  He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, into a family that had descended from one of the ancient families of Provence in France but which had relocated to Geneva at the end of the 16th century to escape religious persecution. Despite a severe case of hydrocephalus at the age of seven, he distinguished himself in school and in 1794 began his scientific studies at the Collège de Calvin, the oldest public secondary school in Geneva. where he studied science and law and then moved to Paris in
    1796, where René Louiche Desfontaines recommended him for work in the herbarium of Charles Louis L'Héritier de Brutelle. The following is quoted from Wikipedia: “De Candolle's first books, Plantarum historia succulentarum (4 vols., 1799) and Astragalogia (1802), brought him to the notice of Georges Cuvier and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. de Candolle, with Cuvier's approval, acted as deputy at the Collège de France in 1802. Lamarck entrusted him with the publication of the third edition of the Flore française (1803–1815), and in the introduction entitled Principes élémentaires de botanique, de Candolle proposed a natural method of plant classification as opposed to the artificial Linnaean method. The premise of de Candolle's method is that taxa do not fall along a linear scale; they are discrete, not continuous. In 1804, de Candolle published his Essai sur les propriétés médicales des plantes and was granted a doctor of medicine degree by the medical faculty of Paris. Two years later, he published Synopsis plantarum in flora Gallica descriptarum. de Candolle then spent the next six summers making a botanical and agricultural survey of France at the request of the French government, which was published in 1813. In 1807 he was appointed professor of botany in the medical faculty of the University of Montpellier, where he would later become the first chair of botany in 1810. While in Montpellier, de Candolle published his Théorie élémentaire de la botanique (Elementary Theory of Botany, 1813), which introduced a new classification system and the word 'taxonomy.' He moved back to Geneva in 1816 and in the following year was invited by the government of the Canton of Geneva to fill the newly created chair of natural history. de Candolle spent the rest of his life in an attempt to elaborate and complete his natural system of botanical classification. de Candolle published initial work in his Regni vegetabillis systema naturale, but after two volumes he realized he could not complete the project on such a large scale. Consequently, he began his less extensive Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis in 1824. However, he was able to finish only seven volumes, or two-thirds of the whole. Even so, he was able to characterize over one hundred families of plants, helping to lay the empirical basis of general botany. Although de Candolle's main focus was botany, throughout his career he also dabbled in fields related to botany, such as phytogeography, agronomy, paleontology, medical botany, and economic botany. Candolle originated the idea of ‘Nature's war’, which influenced Charles Darwin and the principle of natural selection. Augustin de Candolle died in 1841 in Geneva, after a long illness. (ref. Aster candollei)
  • canes'cens: covered with short gray or white hairs. (ref. Atriplex canescens, Cordylanthus canescens, Dicoria canescens, Geraea canescens, Dieteria canescens var. canescens, Plagiobothrys canescens, Tetradymia canescens, Tiquilia canescens var. canescens, Trisetum canescens)
  • canifol'ium: from the Latin canus, "gray," and folium, "leaf," referring to the leaf color. (ref. Eriogonum umbellatum var. canifolium)
  • canin'a: from Dog Valley, eastern Sierra County. (ref. Ivesia aperta var. canina)
  • canin'a/cani'num: with sharp teeth or thorns. (ref. Eriogonum luteolum var. caninum)
  • canna'binum: hemp-like. (ref. Apocynum cannabinum)
  • cannoni'ae: named after Evelina Cannon (1823-1902). (ref. Helianthella cannoniae)
  • canovi'rens: greenish-white or gray-green. (ref. Cirsium canovirens)
  • cantelov'ii: after Herbert Clair Cantelow (1875-1965). Who's Who in the West (1960) gives the following information: "Cantelow, Herbert Clair, transportation exec.; born Vaca Valley, Cal., July 24 1875; son of William and Adaline (Pond) Cantelow; graduated Comml. High School, San Francisco; married Ella Dales Miles, Dec. 31, 1896; 1 son, E. Miles (deceased). Executive, Kosmos Line, also Pacific Mail S.S. Co., Pacific Coast S.S. Co., and Admiral Line, 1904-1922; Vice-president., Pacific Coast manager, Luckenbach S.S. Co., 1922-27; general manager, Alaska S.S. Co., 1928-1932; chairman, Pacific Coast Lumber & S.S. Confs., 1939-1940; chairman, Marine Terminal Association of Central California, Oakland, 1937--. Mayor, Ross, California, 1938-1942; Member Chamber of Commerce (past Director, past Vice-president.), Waterfront Employers Association (past pres. in Seattle and in Cal.)." He began as a freight clerk with Oregon Railway and Navigation Co. Early directories show him working there and as head of H. C. Cantelow Fruit Company. Obituaries also mention that he was a member of the Photographic Society of America and the Berkeley Camera Club and a life member of the California Academy of Sciences. He and his wife together collected the type of Lewisia cantelovii. (ref. Lewisia cantelovii)
  • cantharifor'me: possible from the Greek root kantharos, "drinking cup" probably for the short, wide, cup-shaped hypanthium, thus "cup-shaped." (ref. Ribes canthariforme)
  • capen'sis: of or from the Cape of Good Hope. (ref. Tecomaria capensis)
  • capera'ta: wrinkled.
  • capilla'ceus: resembling hair, very slender.
  • capilla're/capilla'ris: hair-like. (ref. Panicum capillare, Agrostis capillaris, Bulbostylis capillaris, Navarretia capillaris, Nemacladus capillaris)
  • capil'lipes: slender-stalked.
  • capil'lus-ven'eris: The history of the derivation of this specific epithet is extremely complicated and is tied in with the derivation of the common name, 'maidenhair fern.' It was originally published in 1753 by Linnaeus in his Species Plantarum. To my knowledge, 'capillus' has not been used in any other plant epithet, however 'veneris' has been used as a specific epithet in more than a dozen other taxa. Stearn's Dictionary of Plant Names says that capillus-veneris derives from two Greek words referring to "hair" and "Venus," hence "Venus-haired," however Fuller Theological Seminary Professor of Historical Theology John L. Thompson in an e-mail to Tom Chester elaborated on this derivation as follows: "veneris is the traditionally polite word in Latin for sexual desire, and it applies equally to men or women.  It takes on a slang usage as a euphemism for various sexual organs, male as well as female, but it works as a euphemism precisely because it's polite.  Thus the "maiden" of maidenhair has been imported by the coiner of the English common name, perhaps, but it's not part of the Latin capillus-veneris. Indeed, capillus usually means hair of the head, not body, but "hair of desire" could indeed be a euphemism for pubic hair." He also refers to the fact that when this fern is removed from water it will be dry as the water will not cling to it, and that Venus's hair was supposedly dry when she arose from the sea, thereby creating a connection between this plant and Venus's hair. My speculation is that the term veneris has been most often used to mean "beauty, charm, loveliness." (ref. Adiantum capillus-veneris)
  • capita'ta/capita'tum/capita'tus: capitate, refers to the way the flowers form in a head-like cluster. (ref. Gilia capitata ssp. abrotanifolia, Persicaria capitata, Dichelostema capitatum, Eriodictyon capitatum, Erysimum capitatum, Physocarpus capitatus)
  • capitella'ta/capitella'tum: having a small head. (ref. Rhynchospora capitellata, Sphenosciadium capitellatum)
  • capparid'eum: from the Greek kapparis, a kind of plant (the caper), and the suffix -ideum, denoting similarity. (ref. Tropidocarpum capparideum)
  • capreola'ta: having tendrils. (ref. Fumaria capreolata)
  • Caprifolia'ceae: this family name is taken from the Latin root caper, "goat," and folium, "leaf," of uncertain application. There is a genus Caprifolium and a species called Lonicera caprifolia, the common name of which is goat's leaf, and it has been suggested that goats like some species of honeysuckles.
  • Capsel'la: Latin for "a little box." (ref. genus Capsella)
  • ca'put-medus'ae: caput is a form of the words capitis or capitulum for "head or head-like," and of course Medusa was a mythic monstrous figure, one of the three Gorgons, whose hair was living snakes and whose gaze could turn people to stone. (ref. Taeniatherum caput-medusae)
  • caracasa'na: of or from Caracus, Venezuela. (ref. Alternanthera caracasana)
  • Caraga'na: a Mongolian name. (ref. genus Caragana)
  • Cardam'ine: originally from the Greek kardamis for a kind of cress. (ref. genus Cardamine)
  • Cardar'ia: Greek for "heart-shaped," from the fruit. (ref. genus Cardaria)
  • cardina'le/cardina'lis: red, possibly referring to the color of the garb worn by cardinals (is it only a coincidence that the red bird is called a cardinal?). (ref. Delphinium cardinale, Lobelia cardinalis var. pseudosplendens, Mimulus cardinalis)
  • Cardione'ma: from the Greek cardia, "heart," and nema, "thread," because of the inversely cordate stamens. (ref. genus Cardionema)
  • cardiophyl'la: with heart-shaped leaves. (ref. Chylismia cardiophylla, Lepechinia cardiophylla)
  • cardot'ii: named for Jules Cardot (1860-1934), French botanist and brypologist considered one of the world’s leading authorities on Antarctic mosses. The following information was gleaned from the JSTOR website, He was born in Stenay (Lorraine) and, on completion of his studies in classics, became interested in botany. He published his first work at the age of 22. After touring his home region of Meuse, the Ardennes and some of Belgium, beginning his study of mosses, and establishing a good working relationship with Ferdinand francois Gabriel Renauld, he studied plant specimens from Japan, Taiwan, west Africa, Madagascar, Mexico and Antarctica, publishing extensive accounts including a moss flora of Magellanica, South Georgia, and Antarctic regions in 1908 entitled La flore bryologique des terres magellaniques and Mousses de Madagascar (1916). He also co-authored Mosses of Alaska. His home was in Charleville but between 1915 and 1917 Cardot spent much of his time in the phanerogamic section at the National Museum in Paris. The German occupation in 1919 resulted in the lotting of his house and the destruction of much of his impressive herbarium, including unstudied specimens that well may have represented undescribed species. He eventually sold the remaining specimens in his collection to the National Museum. At some point he decided to quit botany and returned to Paris to work for the Economic Bureau of the Indo-Chinese government, among other things producing publications on the products of Indo-China, including rice, rubber, silk and perfume. Reconsidering his decision he returned to bryology, and eventually named 40 genera and some 1,200 species. The most important of his monographs concerned the families Fontinalaceae and Leucobryaceae, and in addition he specialised in the Rosaceae. (ref. Isothecium cardotii, Pohlia cardotii)
  • cardua'cea: thistle-like. (ref. Salvia carduacea)
  • cardun'culus: resembling a small thistle. (ref. Cynara cardunculus)
  • Car'duus: the classical Latin name for thistle. (ref. genus Carduus)
  • Car'ex: the classical Latin name. (ref. genus Carex)
  • car'eyi: named for John Carey (1797-1841). (ref. Carex careyi, Cyperus careyi)
  • car'ica: the Latin name carica, derived from the Greek karike, which was a kind of fig, was given to the papaya, or paw paw because of the latter's fig-like leaves. Stearns further suggests that the name refers to an area in Asia Minor called Caria, where figs were extensively cultivated. Ficus carica is the common edible fig. (ref. Ficus carica)
  • carina'ta/carina'tum/carina'tus: keeled somewhat like a boat, referring to the shape of seeds or flowers. (ref. Valerianella carinata, Chrysanthemum carinatum, Bromus carinatus var. carinatus)
  • Carlowright'ia: named for Charles Wright (1811-1885), an American botanical collector. He was born in Wethersfield,
      Connecticut, and he studied the classics and mathematics at Yale. His career began as a tutor for a family in Natchez, Mississippi, then he moved to Texas to work as a teacher and a surveyor for the Pacific Railroad Company, but he soon began collecting plants and sending specimens to Professor Asa Gray at Harvard, eventually becoming one of his most trusted collectors. Gray procured passage for him on an Army supply mission in 1849 across western Texas, but he ended up walking almost 700 miles from San Antonio to El Paso, all the time
    keeping his eyes glued to the ground the better to see small desert flowering plants. In 1851, again with Gray’s help, he became part of the Mexican Boundary Survey, and helped collect many of the 2,600 species that were sent back to Professor John Torrey for description and identification. His name was honored by George Engelmann who gave it to a cactus, Opuntia wrightii. Asa Gray based the first botanical work published by the Smithsonian on Wright's collection, Plantae Wrightianae (1852–53). Altogether he spent eight years botanizing in Texas and another eleven in Cuba. Wikipedia adds: “Between 1853 and 1856, he took part in the Rodgers-Ringgold North Pacific Exploring and Surveying Expedition, collecting plants in Madeira, Cape Verde, Cape Town, Sydney, Hong Kong, the Bonin Islands, Japan (at Hakodate, Tanegashima, the Bonin Islands and the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa) and the western side of the Bering Strait. He collected over 500 specimens while the ships were delayed at Simon's Bay, near Cape Town. Wright left the expedition at San Francisco in February 1856 and went south to Nicaragua. His collection of plants from Hong Kong was used by George Bentham for his Flora Hongkongensis (1861). Between 1856 and 1867, he led a [number of] scientific expeditions to Cuba. In 1859 he joined Juan Gundlach in the area around Monteverde, and in the winter of 1861-1862 they explored together around Cárdenas. He was also still in communication with Asa Gray and via him, Charles Darwin, discussing orchids. This was possible because at the start of the American Civil War, he was in Cuba and Gray kept him there until 1864 to keep Wright safe and his ongoing botanical work intact. In 1871, he went with the US Commission to Santo Domingo. From 1875-1876, he was the librarian of the Bussey Institution at Harvard University.” In 1868 he served as acting director of the Gray Herbarium. He is commemorated in the genus Carlowrightia of the Acanthaceae, and in the names of many species. Wright, who never married, spent his last days in Wethersfield with his brother and sisters, all unmarried, and died on August 11, 1885, of a heart ailment dating back to his years in Cuba. (ref. genus Carlowrightia)
  • Carlquis'tia: after Sherwin Carlquist (1930- ) who studied botany at the University of California, Berkeley,
      with postdoctoral study at Harvard University. He has specialized in studies on plant anatomy (chiefly wood anatomy) and island biology (7 books, nearly 300 scientific papers). He had a successful career, especially in teaching and research, as a professor at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California. He was co-author in 2003 with Bruce Baldwin and Gerald D. Carrs of Tarweeds and Silverswords: Evolution of the Madiinae (Asteraceae), and author of Island Life; a Natural History of the Islands of the World, Comparative Plant Anatomy;
    a Guide to Taxonomic and Evolutionary Application of Anatomical Data in Angiosperms, The Genus Fitchia (Compositae), Hawaii, a Natural History: Geolegy, Climate, Native Flora and Fauna Above the Shoreline, and others (Photo credit: Permission granted to use under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 by Sherwin Carlquist. (ref. genus Carlquistia)
  • car'nea: flesh-colored.
  • Carne'giea: named after Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), the internationally renowned Scottish philanthropist.
      The following is quoted from Virtualology.com: "Andrew Carnegie was an American who owned industries and was charitable. At age 33 he had an annual income of $50,000. He said, 'Beyond this, never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes.' Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He went to the U.S. in 1848 and began work short after his arrival as a threading machine attendant in a cotton mill in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He got paid $1.20 a week. In 1849 he became a messenger in a Pittsburgh telegraph
    office. He was next employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad as a private secretary to Thomas Alexander Scott. Carnegie got promoted many times until he was superintendent of the Pittsburgh part of the railroad. He invested in what is now called the Pullman Company and in oil land near Oil City. During the Civil War he served in the War Department under Thomas Alexander Scott. Scott was in charge of military transportation and government telegraphs. After the war was over he went and formed a company that makes iron railroad bridges. He founded a steel mill and was one of the first people to use the Bessemer process. In 1899 he put all of his interests together in the Carnegie Steel Company. He was responsible for almost 25% of the American iron and steel production. In 1901 he sold his company to the United States Steel Corp. for $250 million dollars. He then retired. Carnegie never received a formal education during his childhood but donated more then $350 million dollars to many different educational, cultural, and peace organizations. His first gift was in 1873. His largest gift was in 1911 for $125 million dollars to the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He also donated money for the construction of what is now the International Court of Justice for the United Nations at The Hague, Netherlands. Carnegie was honored throughout his lifetime." (ref. genus Carnegiea)
  • carnei: named for Walter Mervyn Carne (1885-1952), Australian agricultural botanist. The following information comes from the Australian Dictionary of Biography. He was born at Croydon, Sydney, and educated at Fort Street Public School, Sydney Boys' High School and Sydney Technical College. For five years from 1906 to 1911 he was a laboratory assistant at Hawkesbury Agricultural College. He studied at the University of Sydney in 1912 and next year at the University of California. On his return he became an assistant agrostologist with the Department of Agriculture. He enlisted in the military in 1915, serving in the Middle East, and was commissioned in 1919. He was able to collect specimens in Palestine and Jordan. Upon his return he became a science master at Hawkesbury for two years before joining the Western Australian Department of Agriculture in 1923 as economic botanist and plant pathologist. In 1829 he was a senior plant pathologist for the Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and concentrating on non-parasitic disorders in apples, he visited England in 1931 to examine Australian apples and pears that had been brought into that country. He spent the years 1932 to 1935 in Tasmania and was Fruit Officer at Australia House in London from 1936 to 1937. He continued to work in these fields and joined the staff of the Department of Commerce and Agriculture in Melbourne in 1941, remaining until his retirement in 1950. He was a pioneer of plant pathology and fruit storage in Australia. He was a member of the Linnean Society of London, president of the Royal Society of Western Australia, and published many articles. He died at Sydney. (ref. Setaria carnei)
  • car'neum: flesh-colored, deep pink. (ref. Galium hilendiae ssp. carneum, Polemonium carneum)
  • carno'sa: fleshy, from the Latin carnosus, "fleshy, pulpy." (ref. Jaumea carnosa, Layia carnosa, Machaeranthera carnosa)
  • carno'sula/carno'sulum: from the Latin carnosus, "fleshy," and the diminutive suffix ula, thus "somewhat fleshy." (ref. Draba carnosula, Porterella carnosula, Chenopodium carnosulum)
  • carolinia'na/carolinia'num/carolinia'nus: of or from Carolina. (ref. Modiola caroliniana, Phalaris caroliniana, Prunus caroliniana, Geranium carolinianum, Alopecurus carolinianus)
  • carolinien'sis: see previous entry. (ref. Trautvetteria caroliniensis)
  • caro'ta: Latin name for carrot, derived from the Greek karoton. (ref. Daucus carota)
  • carotif'era: normally I would think this name just from its parts would mean something like "bearing carrots or having carrot-like structures," but that doesn't seem to make sense. However, Orange County botanist Bob Allen referred me to Bob Hoover's book, The Vascular Plants of San Luis Obispo County, CA, in which S. carotifera (now considered a ssp of exigua) is described as having a fleshy root, stouter than the base of the stem (Bob Allen says "I'm sure it resembles a carrot but he doesn't come out and say that, except for in the name"). (ref. Stephanomeria exigua ssp. carotifera)
  • Carpenter'ia: after Professor William Marbury Carpenter (1811-1848), a Louisiana physician and botanist. He attended West Point but resigned due to poor health, then studied medicine at and graduated from the University of Louisiana Medical College, setting up a medical practice at Jackson, Louisiana. He became a professor and then dean at the University of Louisiana. He had long been interested in natural history and scientific matters and had published studies of a submerged forest he discovered and the practice of dirt eating among Negro slaves. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Louisiana as professor of botany and geology and then from 1845 to 1846 was dean of Tulane University School of Medicine, followed by a three year stint as editor of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal. He made botanical collections which were published posthumously and was honored by several plant names such as Carpenteria californica authored by John Torrey in 1853. (ref. genus Carpenteria)
  • carpesio'ides: like Carpesium, referring to the similarity between the flower heads of Venegasia and the buds of Carpesium, a plant in the Everlasting tribe of the Asteraceae. (ref. Venegasia carpesioides)
  • carphoclin'ia: from the Greek words karphos for "a small dry object, splinter, twig" and kline, "bed," and thus somewhat obscure. (ref. Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia)
  • Carpobro'tus: derived from two Greek words, karpos, "fruit," and brotus, "edible," referring to the fruits which are edible. (ref. genus Carpobrotus)
  • -carpum/-carpus: from the Greek karpos, "fruit." (ref. Ceanothus megacarpus, Eremocarpus setigerus, Marah macrocarpus, and many others)
  • Carrich'tera: named for Bartholomäus Carrichter (c.1510-1567), Swiss physician. Premodern Europeans were very concerned about protecting doors and thresholds against harmful supernatural influences. The nailing of horseshoes to doorways to keep witches away was a common practice in London as late as the 1790’s. Bartholomaus Carrichter was a respected scholar and private physician to Holy Roman Emperors Ferdinand I and Maximilian II. In his treatise Zur Heylung der zauberischen Schäden (On the Healing of Magical Illnesses), he devoted an entire chapter to dangerous objects and their respective remedies. (ref. genus Carrichtera)
  • Carson'ia: an old genus that was morphed by Edward Greene into Cleome sparsiflora in 1900 but has now been resurrected. The type locality for this taxon was the Carson Valley of Nevada. (ref. genus Carsonia)
  • car'terae: named for Ella Carter (c.1919- ). (ref. Castilleja carterae)
  • carthamo'ides: resembling genus Carthamus. (ref. Pyrrocoma carthamoides)
  • Cartha'mus: from the Arabic quartom, qurtum or qurtom meaning "to paint," alluding to the colors of the flowers or the extracted dye from sp. tinctorius. (ref. genus Carthamus)
  • Cartier'a: named for Jacques Cartier (1491-1557) (Uncertain). (ref. genus Cartiera).
  • caruifo'lia/caruifo'lium: "caraway-leaved" after genus Carum. (ref. Saltugilia caruifolia, Lomatium caruifolium)
  • caryophyl'lea: probably walnut-leaved. (ref. Aira caryophyllea)
  • caryophyllo'ides: the suffix -oides indicates likeness or resemblance, so this means "resembling caryophyllus," a name which derives from the Greek karyophyllon, in turn from karya or kaura, "walnut," and phyllon, "a leaf," referring to the aromatic odor of walnut leaves, which led to this name being applied both to the carnation, Dianthus caryophyllus, and to the clove, Caryophyllus aromaticus. Incidentally, there was a goddess associated with Artemis named Karya or Karia who was sometimes referred to as the "walnut goddess," but she disappeared from mythology soon after the Greeks invaded what is now Greece. There is also a village in Greece named Karya famous for its walnut groves. This name has come down to us as the genus of the walnut tree, Carya, and is used as part of at least 14 other generic names around the world, and is of course the root of the family name, Caryophyllaceae. Thanks to Scott Earle of Larkspur Books (http://www.larkspurbooks.com/) for his input with regard to this name. (ref. Oxytheca caryophylloides)
  • cascaden'sis: of the Cascades. (ref. Sorbus scopulina var. cascadensis)
  • Cascadia: see previous entry. (ref. genus Cascadia)
  • casea'na/cas'ei: after Eliphalet Lewis Case (1843-1925), friend of John Gill Lemmon who assisted him on some of his early collecting trips. He was a schoolteacher and civil war veteran. In 1902 he was elected Treasurer of Sierra County and held that office until his death by suicide. However, it was later discovered that he had gotten deeply into debt and had stolen $20,000 in county funds. (ref. Corydalis caseana, Astragalus casei)
  • Casse'beera: named after Johann Heinrich Cassebeer (1785-1850), well-known botanist, geologist, pharmacist, agriculture and viticulture specialist, and politician. He was born in Gelnhausen and after his apprenticeship in his father’s pharmacy, he worked as a pharmacy assistant in Mainz, Salzwedel, Gandersheim and Berlin, where he devoted himself especially to chemistry and botany. He became a city councilor in 1814 and was several times honorary mayor of Gelnhausen. He was also a member of parliament of his district in Kassel for several years. He was particularly interested in the cryptogams of the Vogelsberg , the Wetterau and the Spessart. He wrote a number of scientific articles and received an honorary doctorate in medicine from the University of Marburg. He died in 1850 and was buried in Biebergemünd-Bieber. (ref. genus Cassebeera)
  • Cas'sia: from an ancient Greek name Kasia used by Dioscorides. (ref. former genus Cassia now named Senna)
  • Cassi'ope: in Greek mythology the mother of Andromeda, hence the use of the name for a genus related to the genus Andromeda. (ref. genus Cassiope)
  • Caste'la: after René Richard Louis Castel (1758-1832), a French botanist, poet and editor. (ref. genus Castela)
  • castan'ea: chestnut-colored. (ref. Helianthella castanea)
  • Castille'ja: named for Professor Domingo Castillejo Muñoz (1744-1793), a Spanish botanist, surgeon and instructor of botany at Cadiz, Spain. His birth date is unknown but he served as a professor of materia medica and botany at the Royal Naval College of Surgery in Cádiz. He was devoted at that time to a study of the flora of the southern Iberian Peninsula. He worked for the Royal Botanical Garden of Madrid in receiving many new plants from the New World and distributed them to nurseries throughout Spain and the Canary Islands. The genus Castilleja was published in 1782 by his contemporary Spanish botanist José Celestino Mutis. (ref. genus Castilleja)
  • castlegaren'sis: after Castlegar, British Columbia. The Bulletin of the Native Plant Society of Oregon reports that this name was given because this taxon was particularly common on the grounds of Selkirk College in Castlegar. (ref. Crataegus castlegarensis)
  • castor'eum: from the Greek kastor, "the beaver," this name refers to the odorous secretion of the beaver, of unknown application, perhaps of a similar smell. (ref. Pediomelum castoreum)
  • castren'se: from castrensis, which my Latin dictionary defines as "of the camp, military." The type locality for this taxon was called Chinese Camp. (ref. Eryngium castrense)
  • catalin'ae: from Catalina Island, referring to the first collected specimen. (ref. Arctostaphylos catalinae, Calochortus catalinae)
  • catalinen'se: see catalinae above. (ref. Galium catalinense)
  • catar'ia: pertaining to cats. (ref. Nepeta cataria)
  • catena'ta: chained, fettered, the common name of this taxon in the Jepson Manual is chain speedwell. (ref. Veronica catenata)
  • cates'biana: named for artist-naturalist Mark Catesby (1683-1749). He was born in Essex to a father who was a local politician and a gentleman farmer. His family’s acquaintance with the well-known naturalist John Ray led Catesby to natural history. In 1712 he accompanied his sister to Williamsburg, Virginia, then in 1714 he visited the West Indies, returning first to Virginia, and then to England in 1719. with a collection of botanical specimens and seeds from Virginia and Jamaica. His distribution of these gained him a reputation and in 1722 William Sherard, another friend of John Ray, put forward the idea that he should be sent to the Carolinas and Georgia to collect plants on behalf of the Royal Society. Accepting this mission, he was responsible for introducing many plants to cultivation in Europe, and based on the four years of this trip and twenty years of preparation he published his monumental Natural History of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands. He saw and drew illustrations of living birds, some of which have since become extinct, such as the Carolina Parakeet, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and the Passenger Pigeon. He was the first to observe among other things that birds migrate. After living as a couple for almost two decades and having six children, he married and two years later collapsed and died. His Hortus britanno-americanus was published posthumously in 1763, and a second edition, entitled Hortus Europae americanus was issued in 1767. The original paintings for Natural History, which were purchased in three leather-bound volumes from a bookseller by King George III in 1768, are now in the Royal Collection in Windsor Castle. (ref. Calystegia catesbiana)
  • Catharan'thus: from the Greek katharos, "pure," and anthos, "flower." (ref. genus Catharanthus)
  • cathar'ticus: from the Greek katharos, "pure," or kathartes, "a purifier, a cleanser," thus purgative, cathartic. (ref. Bromus catharticus)
  • cathcartia'na: named for Ellen Weir Cathcart (1836-1916). She was born in the District of Columbia and died in Indianapolis. (ref. Woodsia oregana f. cathcartiana)
  • Cauca'lis: ancient classical name. (ref. genus Caucalis, also Anthriscus caucalis)
  • cauda'ta/cauda'tum/cauda'tus: with a tail, usually referring to the shape of the inflorescence. (ref. Pericome caudata, Salix caudata, Asarum caudatum, Alternanthera caudatus, Lupinus caudatus)
  • Caulan'thus: from the Greek kaulos, "stem," and anthos, "flower," alluding to cauliflower, since some ssp. can be used like it. (ref. genus Caulanthus)
  • caules'cens: with a stem. (ref. Hesperevax caulescens, Mitella caulescens)
  • Caulin'ia:after Filippo Cavolini (1756-1810), Italian marine biologist. He was born in the coastal community of  Vico Equense south of Naples. His father was a lawyer and he began a legal career but left it for natural history. He became a professor of zoology at the University of Naples and Director of the Zoological Museum. His research led to important results in marine biology and botany. He died after being assaulted while researching by boat in the Gulf of Naples. He fell into the sea and died a few days later from pneumonia. (ref. genus Caulinia)
  • -caulis: stemmed.
  • caul'on: a stem.
  • Caulostram'ina: from the Greek kaulos, "stalk or stem," and stramen, "straw," thus meaning "having a straw-colored stem." (ref. genus Caulostramina)
  • cauria'na: the closest I can come to this is the Latin Caurus, the northwest wind, from which comes the word caurinus, "of the northwest wind or northwestern." The suffix -ana is often given to a proper name to convert it into an adjectival commemorative epithet to be attached to a generic name that is feminine in gender, but I have been unable to determine whether Caurus was a feminine name. This taxon inhabits the Sierras and north to Oregon and Alaska so that would fit. (ref. Lonicera cauriana)
  • caurin'a: from the Latin caurinus, "of the northwest wind, northwestern." (ref. Listera caurina)
  • cav'ernae: from Latin caverna, "a cave or hollow." (ref. Oenothera cavernae)
  • ceano'thi: relating to Ceanothus, this being one of the species that Cuscuta parasitizes. (ref. Cuscuta ceanothi)
  • Ceano'thus: from the Greek keanothus, a name which was used for some spiny plant. (ref. genus Ceanothus)
  • Cedronel'la: a diminutive of the Latin cedrus or kedros, a cedar. (ref. genus Cedronella)
  • cedrosen'sis: I can only think that this refers to Cedros Island off the coast of Baja California. (ref. Astragalus nuttallianus var. cedrosensis)
  • -cellus: adjectival suffix used as a diminutive.
  • Cel'tis: a Greek name for some other tree. (ref. genus Celtis)
  • Cen'chrus: Umberto Quattrocchi says "Greek kenchros "millet"; Latin cenchros, used by Plinius for an Arabian diamond or an unknown kind of precious stone big as a grain of millet." (ref. genus Cenchrus)
  • Centaur'ea/Centaur'ium: from the Latin and a reference to the Centaur Chiron who was supposed to have discovered the medicinal uses of a plant in Greece that came to be called Centaury. (ref. genera Centaurea and Centaurium)
  • centran'thera: "This is unlike any Pedicularis that I know of, and is distinguished by its awned or spurred anthers from all known species except P. grandiflora Fisch., with which it has little else in common." (Asa Gray in John Torrey, Bot. Mex. Boundary, p. 120) (ref. Pedicularis centranthera)
  • centranthifo'lius: having leaves like Centranthus, a genus of the valerian family. (ref. Penstemon centranthifolius)
  • Centran'thus: from two Greek words kentron, "a spur," and anthos, "flower," and referring to the flower having a spur-like base. (ref. genus Centranthus)
  • Centroma'dia: from kentron, "a spur or prickle," and the genus Madia, of uncertain application. (ref. genus Centromadia)
  • Centroste'gia: from the Greek kentron, "a spur," and stegos, " a covering of some type," or stegon, "roof," hence a spurred cover, from the arched saccate spurs at the base of the involucre. (ref. genus Centrostegia)
  • Centun'culus: Umberto Quattrocchi states that this is derived from the Latin centunculus, meaning "a small patch," and was a name used by Pliny for a species of Polygonum like knotweed. (ref. genus Centunculus)
  • Cephalan'thera: from the Greek kephale, "head," and anthera, "anther," thus meaning "head-like anther." (ref. genus Cephalanthera, formerly in Eburophyton)
  • cephalan'thi: David Hollombe contributed the following: "Engelmann wrote that it grew "On Cephalanthus; also on Vernonia, Aster, Boehmeria, and other plants (especially Compositae,) on the margins of ponds and swamps near St. Louis, where it is the most common species. I have observed it since 1833, but have only met with it in the immediate vicinity of Cephalanthus." (ref. Cuscuta cephalanthi)
  • Cephalan'thus: from the Greek kephale, "head," and anthos, "flower," the flowers are borne in compact rounded heads like those of a chrysanthemum or dahlia. (ref. genus Cephalanthus)
  • cephalophor'a/cephalophor'us: from the Greek kephale, "head," and the suffix -phorus, meaning "to carry or bear." (ref. Carex cephalophora, Penstemon heterodoxus var. cephalophorus)
  • cerasifor'mis: shaped like a cherry. (ref. Oemleria cerasiformis)
  • Ceras'tium: from the Greek keras, "a horn," referring to the shape of the seed capsule. (ref. genus Cerastium)
  • Ceraton'ia: from keratonia, keronia and/or keratea, Greek names for the carob-tree, Ceratonia siliqua. (ref genus Ceratonia)
  • ceratophor'um: having or bearing a horn or horns. (ref. Taraxacum ceratophorum)
  • Ceratophyl'lum: from the Greek keras, "a horn," and phyllon, "leaf," alluding to the stiff and narrow leaf divisions, this is a genus often called hornwort. (ref. genus Ceratophyllum)
  • Cercid'ium: from the Greek kerkidion, "a weaver's shuttle," and descriptive of the woody fruits. (ref. genus Cercidium)
  • Cer'cis: from kerkis, the ancient Greek name for the redbud. (ref. genus Cercis)
  • Cercocar'pus: from the Greek kerkos, "tail," and karpos, "fruit," an allusion to the tail-shaped achene. (ref. genus Cercocarpus)
  • cerea'lis: pertaining to agriculture, from Ceres, the Goddess of agriculture. (ref. Secale cerealis)
  • cerefo'lius: waxy-leaved.
  • cer'eum/cer'eus: from Latin cereus for "waxy." (ref. Ribes cereum)
  • cerif'era/ceriferum: wax-bearing.
  • cerin'us: waxy.
  • cer'nua/cer'nuum/cer'nuus: drooping, nodding. (ref. Arnica cernua, Bidens cernua, Stipa cernua, Eriogonum cernuum, Trisetum cernuum)
  • cerumino'sa/cerumino'sus: from the New Latin cerumen meaning earwax, from Latin cera, "wax". Cerumen is a yellowish, waxlike secretion from certain glands in the external auditory canal, i.e. earwax. Most of the rubber rabbitbrushes have involucres that appear to be coated in a viscid or waxy substance. (ref. Ericameria [formerly Chrysothamnus] nauseosa ssp. ceruminosa)
  • cervia'na: in his publication, Linnaeus cited a paper written in 1739 by Juan Minuart, "Cerviana sub auspiciis illustrissimi viri D.D. Josephi Cervi," indicating that he intended to honor Giuseppe (Joseph) Cervi (1663-1748), eminent professor of medicine, first physician to King Phillip V of Spain, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris and founder of the Academy of Medicine and Physics at Madrid. (ref. Mollugo cerviana)
  • cervin'us: (1) tawny, like a deer (ref. Lupinus cervinus) or (2) from the Deer Creek Mountains, Josephine County, Oregon, where the type specimen was collected (ref. Erigeron cervinus) NOTE: There is also a species of fungi in California named Pluteus cervinus, which is called the Deer mushroom, but which is dull brown in color.
  • cespito'sa: alternate spelling of caespitosa. (ref. Deschampsia cespitosa, Oenothera cespitosa)
  • Ces'trum: from the Greek kestron, "point, sting, graving tool", name used by Dioscorides for some member of the mint family. (ref. genus Cestrum)
  • Chaenac'tis: from the Greek chaino, "to gape," and aktis, "a ray," thus meaning a gaping ray, and given because in many species the outer florets are enlarged into a wide-open flaring raylike mouth. (ref. genus Chaenactis)
  • Chaetadel'pha: from the Greek chaete, "bristle," and adelphe, "sister," referring to the united or fused bristles of the pappus. (ref. genus Chaetadelpha)
  • Chaetopap'pa: from the Greek chaete or chaite, "bristle, mane, crest or foliage," and pappos, "pappus, fluff or downy appendage," and meaning loose, flowing hair from the pappus of barbed bristles. (ref. genus Chaetopappa)
  • chalepen'se/chalepen'sis: the -ense or -ensis ending is a Latin adjectival suffix usually used to indicate country of origin, place of growth or habitat, and herbalist John Dunne-Brady says this name usually means 'of Aleppo, Alep, or Haleb, a city in northwestern Syria about eighty miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea'. Other names indicating the same are aleppica, aleppicum, aleppicus, and halepensis. David Hollombe reveals that Linnaeus based the species Lepidium chalepensis on a plant described by Robert Morrison, who had received the seeds from the Rev. Robert Huntington, who was post chaplain to the Levant Company at Aleppo from 1671 to 1681. (ref. Lepidium chalepense)
  • chamae-: from the Greek meaning "on the ground, lowly, creeping." Jaeger's Source-book of Biological Names and Terms also make the following note: "in botany, chamae- sometimes signifies "false" although I don't think that meaning applies to any of the names below. (ref. genera Chamaebatiaria, Chamaesyce, Chamaebatia)
  • Chamaebat'ia: from the Greek chamae, "low," and batos, "a bramble." (ref. genus Chamaebatia)
  • Chamaebatiar'ia: resembling Chamaebatia. (ref. genus Chamaebatiaria)
  • Chamaecyp'aris/chamaecyparis'sus: from the Greek chamae, "dwarf, low-growing, or growing on the ground" and kyparissos, "cypress," meaning "dwarf or ground cypress." Herbalist John Dunne-Brady adds that the genus Chamaecyparis was named "by the French botanist Edouard Spach (1801-1879) and published in 1841 in the eleventh volume of Historie Naturelle des Vegetaux Phanerogames." He states further that this is "an inaccurate and inappropriate description because all species are erect and some grow as high as 120 feet." (ref. genus Chamaecyparis and Santolina chamaecyparissus)
  • Chamaecy'tisus: dwarf Cytisus. (ref. genus Chamaecytisus)
  • chamae'drys: from the Greek chamai, "on the ground, dwarf," and drys, "oak," apparently used by Theophrastus for some low-growing plant with oak-like leaves (Stearn's Dictionary). (ref. Veronica chamaedrys)
  • Chamae'melum: from the Greek chamai, "low, dwarf," and melon, "an apple," meaning "earth-apple." (ref. genus Chamaemelum)
  • chamaenerio'ides: from the root chamai, "low-growing, dwarf" added to "something that looks like genus Nerium." (ref. Eremothera chamaenerioides)
  • Chamaesar'acha: from the Greek for "low or dwarf" and Saracha, a South American genus in the family Solanaceae. (ref. genus Chamaesaracha)
  • Chamaesy'ce: an ancient Greek name for a kind of prostrate plant. (ref. genus Chamaesyce)
  • cham'bersii: after chemist Thomas Seal Chambers (1911-?). Thanks to David Hollombe for the following information: "A.B. Swarthmore, A.M. Harvard 1933; Ph.D. Harvard 1940; fellow CalTech 1936-37; consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. 1939-1940; lecturer Bryn Mawr, 1940; research chemist Standard Oil Development. Co. 1940-1944; manager chemical research & engineering, A. B. Dick Co., Chicago, 1944-1946; director 1946-1949; Chemical & Management Consultant 1950-. Things he worked on included reaction kinetics, hydrocarbon chemistry, chemicals from petroleum, applied thermodynamics, photochemistry, instrumental methods of analysis, polymers, technology of the graphic arts, papers, paper converting, fibers, agricultural chemistry boards, research administration, patent management, corporate planning and development, and investment analysis of technical enterprises. While at Harvard he went on collecting trips with Reed Rollins. (ref. Physaria chambersii)
  • Chamelau'cium: Umberto Quattrocchi says possibly from camelaucum, "the headgear of the Pope," from Greek kalymma, "a covering." Flora of Western Australia online notes that "an illustration in the original description resembles a bishop's mitre." The website of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants also says "possibly from Greek, chamai, dwarf and leucos, white," although this seems etymologically unlikely. (ref. genus Chamelaucium)
  • Chamer'ion: from the Greek chamai, "dwarf," and nerion, "oleander," this is apparently a name that has replaced the invalid name Chamaenerion published by Seguier in 1754. (ref. genus Chamerion)
  • cham'issoi: see chamissonis below. (ref. Montia chamissoi)
  • chamisson'is: after Adelbert von Chamisso (1781-1838), a French-born German botanist who botanized with J.F. Eschscholtz in the San Francisco Bay region in 1816 and accompanied him on a Russian expedition in search of the Northwest Passage, see also the entry for Camissonia. (ref. Ambrosia chamissonis, Arnica chamissonis, Lupinus chamissonis, also the genus Camissonia)
  • Chamomil'la: from the Latin chamaemelon, "chamomille or earth-apple," referring to the smell of the blossoms. (ref. genus Chamomilla)
  • chand'leri: after botanist Harley Pierce Chandler (1875-1918), a California school teacher and principal of Russ High School (now called San Diego High School) in San Diego 1904-1905. He also held principalships in Pasadena and instructed at Redlands High School. He made many botanical collections for the U.C. herbarium and published a monograph on the genus Nemophila. He first collected Satureja chandleri on San Miguel Mountain in 1904. (ref. Clinopodium chandleri)
  • chapar'ro: the Spanish word for the live oak, from which is derived chaparral.
  • chara'cias: derived from the Greek word charakias, meaning "of or fit for a stake, pale or palisade. (ref. Euphorbia characias)
  • charlestonen'sis: of or from the Charleston Mountains, a range in Clark County, Nevada. (ref. Arenaria congestus var. charlestonensis)
  • charta'ceum: made of paper, papery. (ref. Polemonium chartaceum)
  • chas'ei: after Harold Stuart Chase (1890-1970). He was born in Boston, and was married and died in Santa Barbara, California. (ref. Quercus xchasei)
  • chas'ei: named for Virginia Heber Chase (1876-1966). (ref. Xanthium chasei)
  • Chasman'the: from the Greek chasme, "gaping," and anthe, "flower," alluding to the shape of the flower. (ref. genus Chasmanthe)
  • Cheilan'thes: from the Greek cheilos, "a lip," and anthos, "flower," in reference to the form of the membranous covering (indusium) of the spore-bearing parts. (ref. genus Cheilanthes)
  • cheiranthifo'lia: having leaves like that of Cheiranthus, an old name for a wallflower now renamed. (ref. Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia ssp. suffruticosa)
  • cheirantho'ides: resembling genus Cheiranthus. (ref. Erysimum cheiranthoides)
  • Cheiran'thus: a genus of wallflowers, which may derive from the Greek cheir, "a hand," and anthos, "flower," thus "hand-flower," and perhaps a reference to the custom of carrying these fragrant flowers in the hand as a bouquet. (ref. genus Cheiranthus)
  • cheir'i: one source gives cheiri as "red-flowered," another suggests the Greek cheir, "a hand" (see entry above). (ref. Erysimum cheiri)
  • Chen'ia: after Chinese bryologist Chen Pan Chieh (1907-1970). (ref. genus Chenia)
  • chenopodiifo'lia: with leaves like Chenopodium. (ref. Ambrosia chenopodiifolia)
  • chenopodio'ides: like Chenopodium. (ref. Chenopodium chenopodioides)
  • Chenopo'dium: from the Greek chen, "goose," and pous, "foot," or podion, "a little foot," referring to the shape of the leaves in some species. (ref. genus Chenopodium)
  • Cherleria: named for Swiss botanist and physicist Johann Heinrich Cherler (1570-1610). He was born in Basel the son of an evalgelical pastor and poet. He married the daughter of botanist Johann Bauhin, with whom he developed the book Historiæ plantarum generalis novas et absolutæ Prodomus a summary of the botanical knowledge of his time. He was also a doctor and worked, among other things, as a professor of philosophy at the Nîmes Academy. (ref. genus Cherleria)
  • child'ii: after Henry Stephen Child (1844-1885).  About Child, David Hollombe offers the following: "Henry Stephen Child came from Woodstock, CT. He was the youngest of 7 children. His uncle, Amasa Carpenter, and several of his older brothers were involved in manufacturing and selling shoes, in Boston. About 1863, his brothers opened a branch in Davenport, IA. The uncle, Amasa Carpenter, married a Susan Richmond and, less than a year after Susan's death, married Susan's niece, Mary. Mary's sister was Emily (Richmond Preston) Parry. At some point, Henry came out to Davenport and worked as a clerk in his brothers' store. The store was last listed in Davenport directories in 1876. On May 29, 1876, C.C. Parry, Edward Palmer, J.G. Lemmon, W.G. Wright, two local newspaper men, a local resort operator and several others rode on horseback into the San Bernardino Mts. The group also included "Mr. H. S. Child of Davenport." After 1876, Child lived in Boston. His occupation was listed in directories as a dealer in shading pens. He was married in 1883 to a 3rd or 4th cousin. He returned to California for his health in 1885 and died days or weeks later of tuberculosis in Pasadena." He was only 41. (ref. Collinsia childii)
  • childs'ii: named for John Lewis Childs (1856-1921), horticultural businessman, ornithologist and politician. He was
      born in Franklin County, Maine, and grew up in Buckfield, Maine. I have no information about his education but his horticultural career began in 1874, when he was employed by C. L. Allen of Queens, New York, who had a flower farm and maintained a seed and plant catalog. Soon thereafter he began buying land and building his own seed and bulb business. He more or less founded the community of Floral Park, an area that had previously been known as Plainfield or Hinsdale, and had been known after the Civil War as the location of a great many flower farms.
    He changed the names of streets to flower names. The Floral Park Post Office expanded and the Long Island Railroad changed the name of the East Hinsdale Station to Floral Park. Childs’ business created an impetus for increased development. Wikipedia adds: “Childs was responsible for building more than 20 buildings in Floral Park, including hotels, lumber mills and his own printing press. He also provided a public park for the community, built the first school in town, and served as the first village president, which later became the office of mayor.” He was also a member of the New York State Senate 1894-1895 and was responsible for a bill establishing a state Normal School (teaching college) in Jamaica, New York. He was an elected member of the American Ornithological Union, maintained one of the largest private ornithology libraries in the United States, and had the largest privately held collection of over a thousand mounted birds. He died while riding on a New York Central train from Albany to New York City. (ref. Oenothera speciosa var. childsii)
  • chilen'se/chilen'sis: from or referring to Chile. (ref. Gnaphalium chilense, Symphyotrichum chilense, Carpobrotus chilensis, Elatine chilensis)
  • chiloen'sis: of the island of Chiloe off the coast of Chile, where the species was first described from, before any plants (of any kind) from western North America were ever seen by European botanists. The following is quoted from a website called Strawberries, A Very Merry Berry: "It happened that a French spy, named Captain Amede Frezier, was observing Spanish strongholds on the west coast of South America when he discovered the giant-fruited Chilean wild strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, that South American Indians had been cultivating as long as their history could be remembered. Captain Frezier gathered a few of these plants and brought them back to France. He was not believed when he said the fruit of these plants were the size of large walnuts and he also could not prove it because, unfortunately, all of the plants he had brought with him were female. In order to get them to produce fruit, they were deliberately crossed with the American Wild Strawberry and the end result was the large strawberry, Fragaria ananassa, also called the Pineapple Strawberry. Today, the French word for strawberry is 'Fraiser' in honor of the Captain." (ref. Fragaria chiloensis)
  • Chilop'sis: from the Greek cheilos, "a lip," and -opsis, "resemblance," and thus referring to the distinctly lip-like shape of the calyx. (ref. genus Chilopsis)
  • Chima'phila: from the Greek cheima, "winter weather," and phelein, "to love," from its evergreen habit and referring to one of the common names, wintergreen aka pipsissiwa or prince's pine. (ref. genus Chimaphila)
  • chinen'sis: of or referring to China. (ref. Simmondsia chinensis, Tamarix chinensis)
  • Chloracan'tha: from the Greek chloros, "green," and akantha, "thorn, prickle." (ref. genus Chloracantha)
  • chloran'tha: from the Greek chloros, "green," and anthos, "flower." (ref. Coryphantha chlorantha, Pyrola chlorantha)
  • Chlor'is: named for the Greek goddess of flowers, Chloris (Flora in Roman mythology), daughter of Amphion. A related Latin word is chloris, "verdant," from Greek chloros, "green." (ref. genus Chloris)
  • chloroceph'alus: from chloros, "green," and kephale, "head." (ref. Juncus chlorocephalus)
  • Chloro'galum: derived from the Greek chloros, "green," and gala, "milk or juice." (ref. Chlorogalum pomeridianum)
  • chloropet'alum: green-petalled. (ref. Trillium chloropetalum)
  • Chloropy'ron: presumably from the roots chloros, meaning "green" or "greenish-yellow," and the roots pyr- or pyros, possibly meaning "divine," "fire," or "grain," of unknown application. The genus Chloropyron was published by Hans Hermann Behr in 1805. (ref. genus Chloropyron)
  • chlorotham'nus: from chloros, "green," and thamnos, "shrub." (ref. Eriogonum umbellatum var. chlorothamnus)
  • chlorot'ica: pale yellowish-green. (ref. Opuntia chlorotica)
  • Chondril'la: a Greek name for endive or chicory. (ref. genus Chondrilla)
  • chorisia'nus: the possibilities here are choris, "separate, apart," and -anus, a suffix implying the quality of belonging
      to, but I can't quite put them together into something that makes sense. There was also a botanical artist named Ludwig Choris after whom the genus Chorisia is named, and the suffix -anus can sometimes be given to a personal name to convert it to an adjectival commemorative epithet to be attached to a generic name that is masculine in gender. I don't know whether Plagiobothrys is masculine, but judging from its many (~26) specific names just in California that end in -us, which is a masculine ending, I am guessing that it is. And subsequent to my doing this research, I noticed
    that the Jepson Manual lists the common name as Choris's popcornflower, so I am going to assume that this is the derivation. David Hollombe has also confirmed that this is indeed the case. Ludwig (or Ludovic) Choris (1795-1828), a Ukrainian artist, while still a teenager, was a botanical artist on a Russian scientific expedition to the Caucasus Mountains. This advanced his reputation considerably and he was selected to join the a scientific voyage headed by Captain Otto von Kotzebue aboard the brig Rurik. The primary goal of the Rurik's voyage was to survey the Alaskan coast for a northeast passage through the Bering Strait, so the Russians could supply their trading posts between California and Alaska without having to sail all the way around Cape Horn. The Rurik carried only twenty-seven people, including the captain, scientists Adelbert von Chamisso (see chamissonis), Morten Wormskjold, and Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz (see Eschscholzia), and artist Choris. They left Russia in 1815, sailed around Cape Horn and wintered at Kamchatka. The following year they explored the Bering Strait and Unalaska, then headed for California in the fall, anchoring in San Francisco Bay during October. Their next destination was Hawaii and the Sandwich Islands, where they spent several months surveying. Later that year, they did reach the Arctic again, but soon turned for home, stopping at Guam, the Philippines, South Africa, and London before arriving at St. Petersburg having circumnavigated the globe. Choris went on to pursue a successful art career in subsequent years. In 1827 he again headed for America, this time to draw Indians in Mexico, but while riding from Veracruz on the Gulf Coast toward Mexico City, he was killed when robbers attacked his party on March 22, 1828. He was the author of A Voyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Bering’s Strait published in London in 1821 and Vues et Paysages des Régions Equinoxiales Recueillis dans un Voyage Autour du Monde published in Paris in 1826. Von Kotzebue had already made one voyage of circumnavigation between 1803 and 1806 as a cadet on the Nadezhda captained by Adam Ivan Krusenstern. This was the first Russian circum navigation, and he subsequently made a second voyage around the globe in 1823-1826, eventually discovering 400 islands in the South Seas, leaving his name on Kotzebue Sound in Alaska, and authoring A Voyage of Discovery (3 vol., 1821) and A New Voyage round the World (2 vol., 1830, repr. 1967). J.F. Eschscholtz accompanied him on his second voyage. (ref. Plagiobothrys chorisianus)
  • Choris'iva: from the Greek choris, "separate," and the genus Iva. (ref. genus Chorisiva)
  • Chorispo'ra: from the Greek choris, "separate, apart," and spora, "seed," referring to the septate (separated by a septum) fruits. (ref. genus Chorispora)
  • Chorizan'the: from the Greek chorizo, "to divide," and anthos, "flower," thus meaning "divided flowers," but actually referring to the divided calyx. (ref. genus Chorizanthe)
  • christella: after Swiss pteridologist  Konrad Hermann Heinrich Christ (1833-1933). He was a barrister and a self-trained
      botanist. Born in Basel, he was particularly interested in the flora of Switzerland. He began to collect plants as a teenager and in 1853 while he was training for the law at the University of Berlin, he accompanied Alexander Braun, professor of botany, on collecting trips. He subsequently trained at the University of Basel and published a book on the plant geography of the region. He finished his studies in 1856 and moved to Lausanne to study French and local laws, also studying botany and local flora. He passed his exams the following year, was named a notary, and began
    to work as a recorder in a court of justice two years later. His life followed dual tracks, one as a barrister and the other as a botanist. He was interested in plant taxonomy, the genus Carex, and ferns, and in 1873 published Roses of Switzerland. JSTOR says: “Christ published 144 related papers, including three extensive books. Perhaps his most important contribution, however, predates this and was his Das Pflanzen-leben der Schweiz (1879). This general account of plant life in Switzerland contained many distribution maps and had a strongly phytogeographic base. Although he saw it as a tentative attempt, it was a great success and several editions were brought out including a version in French.” In 1908 he formed the Swiss League for the Protection of the Natives of the Congo State. His wife’s death caused him to abandon botany altogether, but his election to the Linnean Society rekindled it. He made several important contributions to the history of botany and died after breaking a leg just 19 days short of his 100th birthday. (ref. genus Christella)
  • christin'ae: named for Christine Albright Heller Bickett (Mrs. Albert T. Bickett) (1900-2000). She was born in Pennsylvania and died at the age of 100 in Sacramento County, California, fifty years after the death of her husband. (ref. Lupinus andersonii var. christinae)
  • chromosa: from the Greek chroma, "color." (ref. Castilleja chromosa)
  • chrymac'tis: from the Greek krymos, "icy," and akta, "shore," thus meaning "of the icy shore," described from the shores of Yakutat Bay and Glacier Bay, Alaska. (ref. Castilleja chrymactis)
  • chrysan'tha: with golden flowers. (ref. Dicentra chrysantha, Lasthenia chrysantha)
  • chrysanthemifo'lia: name given because foliage resembles that of the chrysanthemum. (ref. Eucrypta chrysanthemifolia)
  • chrysanthemo'ides: like Chrysanthemum. (ref. Layia chrysanthemoides)
  • Chrysan'themum: from the Greek chrysos, "gold," and anthos, "flower." (ref. genus Chrysanthemum)
  • chrysoco'ma: with yellow tufts or hairs.
  • chryso'graphes: with yellow or golden veins or markings.
  • Chrysolep'is: Greek for "golden-scaled," from the lower leaf surface. (ref. genus Chrysolepis, also Quercus chrysolepis)
  • chrysophyl'la: golden-leaved. (ref. Chrysolepis chrysophylla, Iris chrysophylla)
  • chrysop'sidis: small. Chrysopsis (ref. Erigeron chrysopsidis ssp. austiniae)
  • Chrysop'sis: from chrysos, "golden," and opsis, bearing a resemblance or appearance, from the golden color of the heads. (ref. genus Chrysopsis)
  • Chrysosplen'ium: from the Greek chrysos, "gold," and splynos, "the spleen" or splenion, "a pad or compress of linen," in reference to the sessile leaves. (ref. genus Chrysosplenium)
  • chrysosto'ma: golden-mouthed, from chrysos, "golden," and stoma, "mouth." (ref. Lasthenia californica [formerly chrysostoma], Hieracium chrysostoma)
  • Chrysotham'nus: from the Greek chrysos, "gold," and thamnus, "bush," thus literally "golden bush," and it is a yellow-flowered bush although its common name is rabbitbrush. (ref. genus Chrysothamnus)
  • chuckwallensis: name derives from the Chuckwalla Mts, a mountain range in the transition zone between the Colorado/Sonoran Desert and the Mojave Desert in Riverside Co. (ref. Cylindropuntia chuckwallensis)
  • Chylis'mia: from Greek chylos, "juice." (ref. genus Chylismia)
  • Chylismiel'la: diminutive of generic name Chylismia. (ref. genus Chylismiella)


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