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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Lana,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. lana: “long, dense, curled, and matted hairs, resembling wool; as in Verbascum Thapsus” (Lindley); wool; cf. lanugo,-inis (s.f.III), abl.sg. lanugine, in classical Latin, the down of plants, on the chin, fuzz;

- semina obovoidea, in lana endocarpii involuta, ad hilum laterale saepius nuda (B&H), seeds obovoid, enveloped in the wool of the endocarpium, at the lateral hilum more often naked.

- cono masculo oblongo-cylindraceo fere pedali, juvenili lana fusca vestito (F. Mueller), with the male cone oblong-cylindric, almost a foot long, the juvenile one covered with a brown wool.

- flores in summo vértice erumpunt, sessiles, lana profunde setisque circumvallati, numerosi, sanguinei (Swartz), the flowers breaking forth in the tip-top, sessile, deeply encompassed by a wool and bristles, [the flowers] numerous, blood-red.

- Lana alba inter squamas post eflorescentiam erumpit (Swartz), a white wool erupts among the scales after flowering.

- [Gossypium hirsutum] OBS. Varietas hujus est Xylon americanum praestantissimum, sem. virescenti. Tournef. ínst. 101. Gallis Cotonier de Soie nuncupatum, caeteris ob lanam praestantius, idque forsitan ope culturae (Swartz), [observationes] a variety of this is the most remarkable Xylon americanum, with a greenish seed. Tournef. ínst. 101. Gallis called Cotonier de Soie, the rest more remarkably due to the wool, and this, perhaps, with the help of husbandry.

- cal. 5-part. laciniis linearibus, erectis, purpurascentibus, extus lana vestitis (Swartz), the calyx 5-parted, with the laciniae linear, erect, purplish, the outside clothed in wool.

- capsula ápice in 2 partes dehiscens, lana obducta (Swartz), the capsule at the apex dehiscing into 2 parts, covered over with a woolly down.

- semina ovata, viridia, lana obvoluta, arcte adhaerentia (Swartz), seeds ovate, green, wrapped around with wool, closely adhering.

- distinguuntur floribus vulgo parvis, seminibus paucis lana gossypina involutis. (B&H), [they are] distinguished by the flowers commonly small, with the seeds few, involved in a cottony wool.

- ad Bombaceas ab auctore refertur, sed in his lana ex endocarpio nec e seminibus saepissime oritur (B&H), referred to Bombaceae by the author, but among these the wool arises most often from the endocarp, not from the seeds.

- semina in Sturtia angulata et fere calva, sed non omnino lana destituta (B&H), the seeds in Sturtia angles and nearly hairless, but not completely lacking woolly hairs.

- genus a Pachira imprimis lana fructus differt (B&H), the genus primarily differs from Pachira by the woolly hairs of the fruit.

- semina ovata, nigra, lana pallide crocea, fuscoalba obvoluta, arcte adhaerentia (Swartz), seeds ovate, black, enveloped in a pale crocus-colored, fuscous-white wool, closely adhering.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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