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CAMPANULACEAE (La)
Bellflower Family(Wf)
campana, = a bell; -ulus, = diminutive.
(ld, BL)
CARYOPHYLLACEAE (G)
Carnation Family(Wf)
caryon, = the nut; phyllon, = a leaf. caryophyllon, = the clove-pink.
(LS, Ox)
CELASTRACEAE (G)
Spike Thorn or Pendoring Family(Le)
celeo = to charm, bewitch, fascinate, beguile; -astrum, = indicates inferiority or incomplete resemblance, hence often applied to wild equivalent of a cultivated plant. kelastros = the name of a Mediterranean evergreen tree. Celastraceae (the staff-vine family) kelastros, = holly.
(LS, BL, I1, Le)
CELTIDACEAE (La)
White Stinkwood Family(Le)
celsus, = raised high, extending upward, high, lofty; elevated above that which is common, great; (high, lofty) -idus, = indicates a state or an action in progress. celtis, = an African species of lotus.
(ld, BL)
CHENOPODIACEAE (G)
Ganna or Goosefoot Family(Le)
chēn, = a gander, goose; pous, podos, = a foot; -ium, characeteristic of. (shape of the leaves)
(LS, BL)
COLCHICACEAE (G)
Gloriosa Family (Wf)
Colchis, = a province in Asia, east of the Black Sea, celebrated on account of the golden fleece and Medea; -icus, = indicates ‘belonging to’. colchicon, = meadow-saffron. colchicum, = a plant with a poisonous root, C. auctumnale. The name Colchis had reference to the poisonous arts of the legendary Medea** of Colchis.
(Ox, BL, ld)
COLLEMATACEAE (La)
A Family of Lichens()
collis, = high ground, a hill; a chain of mountains; collare, = a band or chain for the neck; a collar; mater, = a mother; a producing cause, origin, source. mattus, matus, = drunk, intoxicated.
(ld)
COMMELINACEAE
Spiderwort Family(Le)
For Jan or Johan Commelin (1629-1692), his nephew Caspar Commelin (1667/1668-1731), and possibly his son Caspar as well.**
(Ch)
convallis, convallia, = a valley enclosed on all sides; -alis, -aris, = belonging or pertaining to, resembling, provided with.
(ld, BL)
CONVOLVULACEAE (La)
Morning Glory Family(Le)
convolvo, = to roll together, roll up, roll round; to fasten together, interweave, interlace; -ulus, = diminutive. convolvulus, = a plant, bind-weed. (rolled up)
(ld, BL)
CORNACEAE (La)
Assegai Wood Family(Le)
cornu, = a hard and generally crooked growth upon the head of many mammiferous animals.
(ld)
CRASSULACEAE (La)
Crassula Family(Wf)
crassus, = solid, thick, dense, fat, gross, etc.; -ula, = diminutive. (fleshy leaves)
(ld, BL, Le)
CUCURBITACEAE (La)
Gourd and Pumpkin Family(Le)
cucurbita, = a gourd.
(ld)
CUNONIACEAE
Rooiels Family(Le)
For Johann Christian Cuno (1708-1780).**
(Ch)
CUPRESSACEAE (La)
Cypress Family(Le)
cupressus, cypressus, = the cypress an evergreen tree sacred to Pluto and used at funerals.
(ld)
CYATHEACEAE (G, La)
Fern Family(Le)
κυαθος, cyathus, = a small ladle for transferring the wine from the mixing-bowl to the drinking-cup. (ladle, cup) -eus, = indicates material or colour or resemblance in quality. (referring to the shape of sori – the spore-bearing sacs on the surface of the fern leaf)
(ld, BL, Le, K3)
CYPERACEAE (G, La)
Sedge Family(Le)
kupeiron, kupeiros, = a marsh-plant. (a rush or sedge)
(LS, Le)
CYTINACEAE (G)
A Family of Parasitic Flowering Plants()
kytos, = the body, the skin; -inus, = indicating material or colour, hence possession or resemblance. cutin, cutos, = the hyaline substance which forms the cuticle or cellular layers of plants; kytinos, = flower of the pomegranate. (resemblance of the flowers)
(LS, BL, Le)