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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Rosea,-ae (s.f.I): “rose-like. As a feminine noun used as a specific epithet it does not have to agree with the gender of the genus, e.g. Sedum rosea, the roseroot, which has yellow flowers and rose-scented roots; see Rhodiola” (Stearn 1996). This noun, when used as an epithet, is a noun in apposition; see rhod-, rhodo-: in Gk. comp.

NOTE: Rhodiola,-ae (s.f.I) L. dim. of Gk. rhudon, ‘rose,’ “referring to the rose-scented roots of the type species known as Rhudia Radix, or Rosea Radix, by the old herbalists. Crassulaceae” (Stearn 1996); cf. also Sedum Rosea “old name from the fragrant root, the Rosea radix of early apothecaries. Roseroot” (Fernald 1950).

Sedum rosea.

 

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