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MAIRIA
Pluimaster (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
For Herr Maire (1816).**
(K3)
MALVA (La, G)
Mallow (Le)
Family: MALVACEAE
malakos, = soft, gentle, mild. (mallow) (emollient, softening properties of the seeds)
(LS, Le)
MANULEA (La)
Finger-Phlox(Le) Vingertjies
Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE
manus, = a hand; -ulus, = diminutive. manuleus, = the long sleeve of a tunic. (appearance of five upright corolla lobes)
(ld, BL, Le)
mar, = marsh. Old name used by Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79) for a kind of rush.
(Le)
MASSONIA
Hedgehog Lily(Le) Krimpvarkie
Family: HYACINTHACEAE
For Francis Masson (1741-1805).**
(Ch)
For Maxwell Tylden Masters (1833-1907).** -ellus, = diminutive.
(Ch)
MAUROCENIA
Hottentot Cherry(Le) Aasvöelbessie
Family: CELASTRACEAE
For Giovanni Francesco Morosini (1658-1739).**
(Ch)
MAYTENUS
Maiten (Le)
Family: CELASTRACEAE
From the Spanish/Chilean common name for maiten or mayton. (May-weed)
(K3, Ox)
medikos, = Median; a kind of clover, lucerne. medike, = name given to a Median grass by Dioscorides.**
(LS, Le)
MELASMA (G)
Witches Foxglove (Le)
Family: OROBANCHACEAE
melas, = black, dark, gloomy, dusky, murky; melasma, = black spot, black dye; to blacken. (plants turn black upon drying)
(LS, Le)
MELASPHAERULA (G)
Fairy Bell(Le) Baardmannetjie. Feeklokkie
Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE
melas, = black, dark, gloomy, dusky, murky; sphaira, = a ball, a sphere, globe; (globose, spherical) -ulus, = diminutive.
(LS, BL)
MELILOTUS (G)
Melilotus (Le)
Family: FABACEAE
meli, = honey; lotos, = the name of several plants; the Greek lotus, a kind of clover or trefoil. (flowers resembling Lotus (q.v.) and are honey-smelling)
(LS, Le)
MENTHA (La)
Mint (Le)
Family: LAMIACEAE
menta, mentha, = mint. (from the nymph Minthe, (Menthe).**
(ld, Le)
For Marie Philippe Mercier (1781-1831).**
(Ch)
For Hermann Merxmüller (1920-1988).**
(Ch)
METALASIA (G)
Flowerbush (Wf) Blombos (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
meta, = backwards, reversely; lasios, = shaggy with hair or wool, hairy. (the leaves)
(LS, Le)
METROSIDEROS (G)
Smalblad(Le)
Family: MYRTACEAE
metra, = matrix, the womb; metra, = heartwood; sideros, = iron. (hard, tough wood)
(LS, Le, BL)
MICRANTHUS (G)
Comb Flower(Le) Vleiblommetjie
Family: IRIDACEAE
mikros, = little, small; petty, mean, trivial insignificant; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. (small-flowered)
(LS, BL)
MICROCODON (G)
Cluster Bell (Wf)
Family: CAMPANULACEAE
mikros, = little, small; petty, mean, trivial insignificant; codon, = a bell. (flower shape)
(LS, Le)
MICRODON (G)
Cat's-Tail Bush(Le) Katstertbos
Family: SCROPHULARIACEAE
mikros, = little, small; petty, mean, trivial insignificant; odon, ontos, odons, = a tooth; -odon, = tooth, toothed. (small teeth) (the calyx is 5-toothed)
(LS, BL, LB)
MICROLOMA (G)
Firecracker Vine (Wf)
Family: APOCYNACEAE
mikros, = little, small; petty, mean, trivial insignificant; loma, = the hem or border of a robe. (hem, fringe, border) (corolla tube has five tufts of deflexed hairs)
(LS, BL, Le)
MIMETES (G)
Pagoda Bush(Le) Stompie (Wf) Pagoda
Family: PROTEACEAE
mimētikos, = imitative. (similarity of general appearance to members of some other genera)
(LS, Le)
MOHRIA
Scented Ferns(Le) Parsley Ferns
Family: ANEMIACEAE
For Daniel Matthias Heinrich Mohr (1780-1808).**
(Ch)
MONOCULUS (was Tripteris) (G)
Windowseed (Wf) Bitou(Le) Skaapbos
Family: ASTERACEAE
monos, = alone, only; (alone, solitary) oculus, = an eye.
(LS, BL, Ws)
MONOPSIS (G)
False Lobelia (Wf)
Family: LOBELIACEAE
monos, = alone, only; (alone, solitary) ops (ώψ), = the eye, face, countenance. -opsis, = appearance. (rather vague, possibly referring to the almost regular corolla in some species)
(LS, BL, Le)
MONTINIA
Montinia(Le) Bergklapperbos Peperbos
Family: MONTINIACEAE
For Lars Jonasson Montin (1723-1785).**
(Ch)
MORAEA
Moraea(Le) Uintjie
Family: IRIDACEAE
Named after Dr Johan Moraeus,** and not Robert More, squire of Shrewsbury in the 18th century.
(Ch)
MORELLA (was MYRICA) (G)
Wax Berry(Le) Wasbessie
Family: MYRICACEAE
moron, = a black mulberry; -ellus, = diminutive. morello, = a kind of cherry with a bitter taste.
(LS, BL, Ox)
MURALTIA
Purple-gorse(Le) Skilpadbos
Family: POLYGALACEAE
For Johannes von Muralt (1645-1733).**
(Ch)
myo, = shut, closed; poros, = a means of passing, a ford; a way through or over, passage. porus, = a passage, channel in the body (a pore) (ford, strait, passage, pore, opening) (transparent glands on the leaves)
(LS, ld, Ox, BL, Le)
MYOSOTIS (G, La)
Forget-me-not (Le)
Family: BORAGINACEAE
mys, myos, = mouse, of a mouse; ous, otis, = an ear. (shape of leaves)
(LS, Le)
MYROVERNIX (G)
Renosterbos (Le)
Family: ASTERACEAE
murios, = numberless, vast, endless. vernus, = of the spring. (vernal, pertaining to spring)
(LS, Ws, BL)
MYRSINE (G)
Cape Myrtle (Le)
Family: MYRSINACEAE
myrsine, = the myrtle. (Greek name for the common myrtle, Myrsine communis, which it resembles)
(LS, Le)
MYSTROPETALON (G)
Kaapsewolwekos(Le)
Family: BALANOPHORACEAE
mystron, = a spoon; petalos, = spreadout, unfolded, broad, flat. petalon, = a leaf. (in modern botany, petal) (perianth segments are spoon-shaped)
(LS, BL, Le)