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GALENIA
Brakbos (Le)
Family: AIZOACEAE
For the Greco-Roman Claudius Galen, c. 130-200 AD.**
(Ch)
For Mariano Martinez Galinsoga (1766 - 1797).**
(Ch, K3)
GALIUM (G)
Goose-grass(Le) Ladies Bedstraw
Family: RUBIACEAE
gala, = milk; -ium, = diminutive; (some species used to curdle milk)
(LS, BL, Le)
GAZANIA (G)
Gazania(Le) Gousblom Botterblom
Family: ASTERACEAE
gaza, = the royal treasure, riches. (a Persian word). Usually reported as honouring Theodorus Gaza (1398-1478). **
(LS, Ch)
GEISSORHIZA (G)
Wine Cup (Wf) Satin Flower(Le) Sysie
Family: IRIDACEAE
geisson, = anything projecting so as to shelter, the eaves of a roof, the cornice, coping; the hem of a garment; rhiza, = a root. (regular overlapping of the corm tunics in some species)
(LS, Le)
GEOCHLOA (G)

Family: POACEAE
ge, gea, geo-, = earth, land; chloa, chloe, = the tender shoot of plants in spring, the blade of young corn or grass. (the name refers to the geophytic habit of the plants in this genus. This habit is unusual in the grasses and seems particularly characteristic of the three species of Geochloa)
(LS, Mbg)
GERANIUM (G)
Geranium(Le) Crane's Bill
Family: GERANIACEAE
geranos, = a crane; -ium, = ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connection or resemblance. (seed pod resembles head and beak of a crane)
(LS, BL, Le)
GERBERA
African Daisy (Le) Gerbera (Wf)
Family: ASTERACEAE
For Traugott Gerber (1710-1743), and his brother Fr. Gerber.**
(Ch)
GETHYLLIS (G)
Kukumakranka (Le)
Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE
gethuon, = a kind of leek; (Latin gethium); -illis, diminutive. (probably from gethyon, a bulb, onion or leek.)
(LS, BL, Le)
GLADIOLUS (La)
Gladiolus(Le) Afrikaner Pypie
Family: IRIDACEAE
gladius, = a sword; -olus, = diminutive. gladiolus, = a small sword. (a small sword; shape of the leaves)
(ld, BL, Le)
GLEICHENIA
Coral Ferns (Le)
Family: GLEICHENIACEAE
For Wilhelm Friedrich von Gleichen-Russworm (Russwurm) (1717-1783).**
(Ch)
GLIA (G, Ks)
Dronkwortel() Moerwortel
Family: APIACEAE
glia, = glue. gli, = the plant is so-called by the Khoisan, who prepared an inebriating liquor from the roots - providing great glee!
(Ox, K3)
GNIDIA (Oe)
Saffron Bush(Le) Saffraan (Pza) Aandbossie
Family: THYMELAEACEAE
Gnidia, = a greek name for Daphne.** The genus Gnidia was named by Linnaeus, but it is not clear where it came from or why he chose it. It is perhaps a Greek word for Daphne or laurel, or it is possibly derived from the old Greek name for Knossos in Crete, Knidiossos was one version. Both common names are Afrikaans, aandbossie means 'night or evening-scented bush', and juffertjie-roer-by-die-nag means literally 'young-lady-gad-about-at-night'. Both are generic names given to many plants with night-scented flowers, and the latter name is more strictly used for Struthiola species.
(M, Pza)
GOMPHOCARPUS (G)
Cottonbush (Wf) Katoenbos (Le)
Family: APOCYNACEAE
gomphos, = a large wedge-shaped bolt or nail; (nail) carpos, = fruit.
(LS, BL)
GORTERIA
Beetle Daisy (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
For David de Gorter (1717-1783).**
(Ch)
GRAMMATOTHECA (G)
Water Lobelia (Le)
Family: LOBELIACEAE
gramma, = that which is drawn or written, a written character, letter; -atus, = indicates possession or likeness. gramme, = a stroke in writing, a line; (grammatus, = striped with raised lines) thece, = a case to put anything in, a box, chest. (elongate cylindrical capsule)
(LS, BL, Le)
For Dr. J.F.K. Grimm (1737-1821).**
(Ch)
For Michael Grubb (1728-1808).**
(Ch)
GUNNERA
River Pumpkin(lE) Wilde Pampoen
Family: GUNNERACEAE
For Johan Ernst Gunnerus (1718-1773).**
(Ch)
GYMNODISCUS (G)
Yellowweed (Wf) Geelkruid (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
gymnos, = naked, unclad, unarmed; (naked, unclad, unarmed, stripped) diskos, = a round plate, quoit. (receptacle of flower head is nude)
(LS, BL, Le)
GYMNOSPORIA (G)
Pendoring (Le)
Family: CELASTRACEAE
gymnos, = naked, unclad, unarmed; (naked, unclad, unarmed, stripped) spora, = seed, offspring, issue. (seed; in modern botany, ‘spore’.)
(LS, BL)
GYMNOSTEPHIUM (G)
Kaapse Astertjie (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
gymnos, = naked, unclad, unarmed; (naked, unclad, unarmed, stripped) stephos, = that which encircles, a crown, wreath. (crown, wreath, garland) (lack of pappus in the flowers)
(LS, BL, Le)