Genera within a family

Family: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
HYACINTHACEAE (La)
Hyacinth Family(Wf)
After Hyacinthus.**
(Ch)
ALBUCA (La)
Slime Lily(Le) Slymlelie
albus, = white, properly dead white, not shining; -icans, = indicates process of becoming or resemblance sometimes so close as to be almost identical. (some albuca flowers are partly white)
(ld, BL, Le)
DRIMIA (G)
Poison Squill (Le)
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)
LACHENALIA
Lachenalia(Le) Viooltjie
For Professor Werner de Lachenal (1736-1800).**
(Ch)
MASSONIA
Hedgehog Lily(Le) Krimpvarkie
For Francis Masson (1741-1805).**
(Ch)
ORNITHOGALUM (G)
Chincherinchee (Le)
ornis, = a bird; ornith-,= pertaining to birds, bird-like; gala, = milk; (pigeon’s milk- (high fat, milk-like secretions produced in pigeons’ crops for feeding young. “Bird’s milk” was colloquial in Ancient Greek for something beautiful)
(LS, BL, Le)