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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Linum,-i (s.n.II), abl.sg. lino: the classical name of flax; linen; a cord, rope, a line, as in "fishing-line"; [> L. linum (s.n.II), flax; a thread; a fishing line; a linen cloth, linen, a sail; a rope, cable, string]; cf. linea,-ae (s.f.I), a thread of linen, a string, line;

- inter segetes et lina in Europa tota (DeCandolle), amid the wheat fields and flax in all Europe.

- in Aegypto vulgatissima inter Lini segetes (DeCandolle), very common in Egypt amid the fields of flax.

- Linum, in Reichb. Handb. ex ejusd. Ic. Fl. Germ. vi. 67, in genera 5 disrupta fuit; scil. CATHARTOLINUM, LINUM, ADENOLINUM, LINOPSIS, et XANTHOLINUM. Haec omnia ad Linum iterum ducuntur a Planchonio in Hook. Lond. Journ. 1. c., qui genus naturalissmum optime in sectiones 4 dividit, scil. (B&H), Eulinum. Cliococca. Linastrum, Syllinum. Linum, in Reichenbach Handb. ex ejusd. Ic. Fl. Germ. vi. 67, was broken up into 5 genera, namely; CATHARTOLINUM, LINUM, ADENOLINUM, LINOPSIS, et XANTHOLINUM. All these were again lead to Linum by Planchonius in Hook. Lond. Journ. 1. c., who divided the most natural genus best into 4 sections, namely Eulinum. Cliococca. Linastrum, Syllinum.

Linum,-i (s.n.II) L., flax, “herbs ... with tough fibrous cortex” (Fernald 1950), L. usitatissimum L. ‘most useful,’ the Common Flax.

Linaria,-ae (s.f.I), “Medieval name from Gk. linon, L. linum; in allusion to the flaxlike leaves of L. vulgaris (toadflax, butter-and-eggs” (Stearn 1996).

 

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