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
AIZOACEAE (G)
Vygie Family(Le)
ai-, = always; zoos, = alive, living. (ability to survive under difficult conditions)
(BL, LS, Le)
ACROSANTHES (G)
Spekvygie (Le)
acros, = at the end, either outermost, or at the top; acros, = at the tip, end, summit; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. (flower solitary on a flower stalk)
(LS, BL, Le)
AIZOON (G)
Baconbush (Wf) Spekvygie (Le)
aei-, = ever, always, for ever; zoos, = alive, living. (ability to survive under difficult conditions)
(LS, Le)
CARPANTHEA (G)
Woolly Socks (Wf) Vetkousie (Le)
carpos, = fruit; anthos, = flower. (allusion rather vague) (referring to the open fruit which looks like a star-shaped flower when open)
(BL, Le, Cl)
CARPOBROTUS (G)
Sourfig (Wf) Hottentot Fig(Le) Suurvy
carpos, = fruit; brotos, = blood from a wound, gore; brota, =edible things (fruit can be eaten)
(LS, Le)
kleros, = a lot; chance. -etum, = place dominated by a given plant. (a lot: twigs, potsherds, or even a clod of earth was used for the purpose. In Homer each hero marks his own lot, and they are thrown into a helmet; the first which came out was the winning lot.) (grows in disturbed sites)
(LS, BL, Le)
CONICOSIA (G)
Goslings (Wf) Gansies(Le) Snotwortel
conos, = a pine-cone, a fir-cone; -icus, = indicates ‘belonging to’. (cone-shaped) -osus, = indicates abundance or full or marked development. (shape of the capsule)
(LS, BL, Le)
DELOSPERMA (G)
Skaapvygie (Le)
delos, = visible, clear; Delos, = the smallest of the Cyclades, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. sperma, = that which is sown, seed.
(LS)
DOROTHEANTHUS (G)
Dorothea's Flower (Le) Bokbaaivygie (Wf)
dora, = a skin, hide; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. Honouring Dorothea Schwantes.**
(LS, Le)
DROSANTHEMUM (G)
Dew Vygie (Wf) Douwvygie (Le)
drosos, = dew; anthemon, anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower. (dewy leaf-glands)
(LS, Le)
EREPSIA (G)
Erepsia (Wf) Altydvygie (Le)
erepto, erepho = to roof over: to crown. (stamens are concealed by the staminodes)
(LS, Le)
GALENIA
Brakbos (Le)
For the Greco-Roman Claudius Galen, c. 130-200 AD.**
(Ch)
LAMPRANTHUS (G, La)
Lampranthus (Wf) Vygie (Le)
lampro-, = bright, brilliant, radiant; anthos, = a flower, the bloom of a flower.
(LS)
OSCULARIA (G)
Rock Vygie (Wf) Sandsteenvygie (Le)
os, oris, = the mouth; -ulum, = diminutive; osculor, = to kiss; -arius, = indicates connection or possession. (fanciful likeness of the toothed leaves)
(ld, BL, Le)
PHYLLOBOLUS (G, La)
Vingerkanna (Le)
phyllon, = a leaf; bolos, bolus, = a throw or cast. (shedding of deciduous leaves of some species)
(BL, ld, Le)
prenes, = bent forward, bent-foremost, downwards; -ium, = ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connection or resemblance. (creeping habit of the plant)
(LS, BL, Le)
RUSCHIA
Ruschia (Wf) Vygie (Le)
For Ernst Julius Rusch (1867-1957).**
(Ch)
TETRAGONIA (G)
Kinkelbos(Le) Klapperbrak (Wf) Dewbush
tetros, = four; gony, = the knee (angled, angular; knee, node (of grass) -ius, = means ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connexion or resemblance. (shape of the fruit)
(LS, BL, Le)
aethes, = unusual, strange; phyllon, = a leaf.
(LS)
apateo, = to cheat, trick, outwit, beguile; -ius, = means ‘characteristic of’, hence indicates connexion or resemblance. (likeness to the genus Hymenogyne before the flower has opened)
(LS, BL, Le)
SKIATOPHYTUM (G)
Platblaarvygie(Le)
skia, = a shadow, shade; phyton, = a plant, tree. (preferred habitat)
(LS, Le)