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racemus, = the stalk of a cluster of grapes and similar plants; mitra, = a girdle; headband; mitre, turban; -ium, = ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connection or resemblance.
(ld, LS, BL)
RAFNIA
Widow Peale (Le)
Family: FABACEAE
For Carl Gottlob Rafn (1769-1808).**
(Ch)
RANUNCULUS (La)
Buttercup(Le) Crowsfoot
Family: RANUNCULACEAE
rana, = a frog; -ulus, = diminutive. ranunculus, = a little frog, a tadpole, porwiggle; a medicinal plant, called batrachion, perhaps crowfoot, ranunculus. (preference for marshy habitats, similar to frogs)
(ld, BL, Le)
Perhaps from the native Guinean name.
(Le)
raphe, = a turnip, rape; rapum, = a knob or lump formed by the roots of a tree; -astrum, = indicates inferiority or incomplete resemblance, hence often applied to wild equivalent of a cultivated plant. (referring to the leaves)
(ld, BL, Le)
For François Vincent Raspail (1794-1878).**
(Ch)
resecro, = to uncurse, i.e. to free from a curse; resedo, = to heal, assuage. (species of mignonette which was believed to heal bruises)
(ld, Le)
rrestis, = a rope, cord; -io, = indicates the abstract or general result of an action. (early settlers used ‘restios’ for rope)
(ld, BL, Le)
RETZIA
Heuningblom(Le) Cigarette-bush
Family: STILBACEAE
For Anders Johan Retzius (1742-1821).**
(Ch)
rachos, = a thorn-bush, briar, a thorn-hedge; a thorn-stick, a twig; rhach-, rach-, = pertaining to the main axis, spine or backbone; carpos, = fruit.
(LS, BL)
RHIZOGONIUM (G)
Moss()
Family: RHIZOGONIACEAE
riza, = a root; rhiz-, = pertaining to roots, root-like organs; gonia, = a corner, angle. -gone, = reproductive organs; -ium, = diminutive.
(LS, BL)
rhodon-, = the rose; rhodo-, = rose-, rosy-red; come, = the hair; the foliage, leaves of trees. coma, = the hair of the head. (tuft of hair) (terminaal clusters of reddish inflorescences)
(LS, BL, Ws, Le)
RHYNCHOSIA (G)
Vaalertjie (Le)
Family: FABACEAE
rugchos, = a snout, muzzle; abeak, bill; rhyncos, = snout, muzzle, beak; rhynch-, rhyncho-, = provided with a snout or beak, i.e. a projecting appendage; -osus, = indicates abundance or full or marked development. (the style)
(LS, BL, Le)
ROBSONODENDRON (G)
Sybas (Le)
Family: CELASTRACEAE
For Dr. Norman Keith Bonner Robson (1928 ).** dendron, = a tree.
(Ch, BL)
ROELLA
Cape Bellflower (Le) Roella (Wf)
Family: CAMPANULACEAE
For Willem (Wilhelm) Roell (18th c.).**
(Ch)
ROMULEA
Romulea(Le) Frutang Knikkertjie
Family: IRIDACEAE
After the legendary Romulus.** (The genus is represented in Italy)
(Ch, Le)
RORIDULA (La)
Flycatcher Bush (Le)
Family: RORIDULACEAE
ros, roris, = dew; -idus, = indicates a state or an action in progress; roridus, = bedewed, dewy, with dew; -ula, = diminutive. (bedewed, dewey, appearing as if covered with fine dewdrops) (glistening, insect trapping glands)
(ld, BL, Le)
RUBUS (La)

Family: ROSACEAE
ruber, ruberus, = red, ruddy. rubus, = a bramble-bush, blackberry-bush; a blackberry. (colour of the fruits of many of the species)
(ld, Le)
RUMEX (La)
Sorrel(Le) Dock
Family: POLYGONACEAE
rumex, = sorrel. (Latin name for culinary sorrel, used by Pliny)
(Ws, Le)
For Karl Friedrich Ludwig Felix von Rumohr (1785-1843).**
(Ch)
For Heinrich Bernard Rupp [Ruppius, Ruppee] (1688-1719).**
(Ch)
RUSCHIA
Ruschia (Wf) Vygie (Le)
Family: AIZOACEAE
For Ernst Julius Rusch (1867-1957).**
(Ch)