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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
triqueter, triquetrous: triquetrus,-a,-um (adj.A) [> L. -quetrus,-a,-um, -pointed, -cornered]: three-edged, three-angled, the angles usually sharp; triangular; see triangular; see trigonus,-a,-um (adj.A).

Ptychostomum pseudotriquetrum, refers to a resemblance to Meesia triquetra; Meesia triquetra, the epithet in allusion to the keeled leaves that spread widely in three rows; “the name, meaning falsely triangular, 3-sided, or possibly 3-ranked, can be traced to a pre-Hedwigian association with the name Mnium triquetrum (which would ordinarily be referred to the synonymy of Meesia triquetra)” (C&A). Triquetrella, a genus of mosses; Carex triquetra Boott.; Rhytidiadelphus triquetrus “The name refers to triangular leaves” (C&A).

 

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