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DASISPERMUM (G)
Duineseldery (Le)
Family: APIACEAE
dasys, = thick with hair, hairy, rough; downy; sperma, = that which is sown, seed.
(LS)
DATURA (Ar, Hi)
Introduced Weed (Le)
Family: SOLANACEAE
tatorah, = Arabic name for a local species in the genus.
(Le)
DELOSPERMA (G)
Skaapvygie (Le)
Family: AIZOACEAE
delos, = visible, clear; Delos, = the smallest of the Cyclades, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. sperma, = that which is sown, seed.
(LS)
DIANTHUS (G)
Pink (Le)
Family: CARYOPHYLLACEAE
dios, = godlike, excellent, mighty; divine, marvellous; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. (flower of Zeus**; probably referring to the scent)
(LS, Le)
DIASCIA (G)
Twinspur(Le) Horinkies (Wf) Diascia
Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE
dis, = twice, double; askon, = a leathern bag, a wineskin. (two lateral corolla pouches)
(LS, Le)
DIASTELLA (G)
Silky Puff (Le)
Family: PROTEACEAE
diastello, = to separate, to distinguish, determine. (perianth, tube of which is very short) (diastellein, = to put asunder, separate or expand; alluding to the deeply divided perianth segments)
(LS, Le, M)
DICEROTHAMNUS (G)
Renosterbos (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
dis, = twice, double; -ceras, = horn, hornlike projection; thamnos, = a bush, shrub.
(LS)
DICRANOLOMA (G)
Moss()
Family: DICRANACEAE
di-, dis-, = twce, double; cranion, = the upper part of the head, skull; dicranos, = two-headed, two-pointed, a pitchfork; loma, = the hem or border of a robe. (hem, fringe border) (bordered leaves)
(LS, BL, Cl)
DIDELTA (G)
Salad Thistle (Wf)
Family: ASTERACEAE
dis, = twice, double; Delta, = a name for the islands formed at the mouths of large rivers, especially the Nile, so called from their shape; delta, = triangle; (the fourth letter in the Greek alphabet ‘Δ’); (bracts in two rows and are triangular in shape)
(LS, BL, Le)
didymos, didymoi, = double, two-fold, twin; doxa, = good report, glory, splendour.
(LS)
DIGITARIA (La)
Finger Grass (Le)
Family: POACEAE
digitus, = a finger; -arius, = indicates connection or possession. (inflorscence finger like)
(ld, BL, Le)
di-, dis-, = twce, double; latris, = a hired servant, a servant, a slave. (two small anthers subservient to the one larger one)
(LS, Le)
DIMORPHOTHECA (G)
African Daisy (Wf) Magriet (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
di-, dis-, = twce, double; morphe, = form, shape, figure; [See Morpheus**] thece, = a case to put anything in, a box, chest. (two distinct types of fruit in the same species: ray florets have wings, 3-angled fruit and disc florets have flattened, 2-winged fruit)
(LS, Le)
DIOSMA (G)
False Buchu (Le)
Family: RUTACEAE
dios, = godlike, excellent, mighty; divine, marvellous; Dios, = Zeus**. osmē, osma, = a smell, scent, odour, whether good or bad; a scent, perfume.
(LS)
DIOSPYROS (G)
Persimmon(Le) Tolbos
Family: EBENACEAE
dios, = godlike, excellent, mighty; divine, marvellous Dios, = Zeus**. puros, = a grain of wheat, from pur (the fire of Jove; i.e. lightning), because of its flame colour when ripe. (diospyros in Latin was a plant with an edible fruit. Some species have edible fruits.)
(LS, Le)
diplos-, = twice as much; (double) taxis, = an arranging, arrangement; (arrangement, order, regularity) (seeds are in two rows)
(LS, BL, Le)
DIPOGON (G)
Cape Sweet Pea(Le) Bosklimop
Family: FABACEAE
di-, dis-, = twce, double; pogon, = the beard. (the style is double-bearded)
(LS, K3)
DISA (La, G)
Disa (Le)
Family: ORCHIDACEAE
dives, dis, = rich, sumptuous, costly, splendid, precious; Dis, Dios, = Zeus; (Various derivations are proposed. The most likely is in commemoration of Disa**, a legendary Swedish Queen.)
(ld, LS, Le)
DISCHISMA (G)
False Slugwort(Le) Basterslakblom
Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE
di-, = two; dis, = twice, double; schiz, schizo, = to split, cleave; (split, cleft deeply divided) -ma, = often indicated the result of an action. (divided corolla lobe)
(LS, BL, Le)
DISPARAGO (La)
False Snakebush (Wf) Basterslangbos (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
dispar, = unlike, dissimilar, different, unequal; -ago, = indicates resemblance or connection. (different types of florets in each tiny capitulum)
(ld, BL, Le)
DISPERIS (G)
Witch Orchid (Le)
Family: ORCHIDACEAE
dis, = twice, double; pera, = a leathern pouch, a wallet. (refers to the two distinctive pouches borne on each of the two lateral sepals, which are a generic character prominent in all Dispiris species)
(LS, Co)
For Manfed Dittrich (1934- ).**
(Ch)
DOLICHOTHRIX (G)
Kliprenosterbos(S9)
Family: ASTERACEAE
dolichos, = long; thrix, = the hair both of man and beast; sheep’s wool.
(LS)
DOROTHEANTHUS (G)
Dorothea's Flower (Le) Bokbaaivygie (Wf)
Family: AIZOACEAE
dora, = a skin, hide; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. Honouring Dorothea Schwantes.**
(LS, Le)
DRIMIA (G)
Poison Squill (Le)
Family: HYACINTHACEAE
drimus, = piercing, stinging, biting, pungent. -ius, = means ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connexion or resemblance. (all parts of plant sometimes poisonous or an irritant)
(LS, BL, Le)
drogue, = from ‘drug’, druggery’; -itia, = indicates a concept or quality. Possibly for Marc-Jolien Droguet (1769 – 1836)
(Ox, BL, Cl)
DROSANTHEMUM (G)
Dew Vygie (Wf) Douwvygie (Le)
Family: AIZOACEAE
drosos, = dew; anthemon, anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. (dewy leaf-glands)
(LS, Le)
DROSERA (G)
Sundew(Le) Doublom
Family: DROSERACEAE
drosos, = dew; droseros, = dewy, watery. (glistening leaf-glands)
(LS, Le)