The Self-pronouncing Dictionary of Plant Names: Ecballium to Lythrum
(Revised Edition) Prepared by Ralph Bailey, Garden Editor, House & Garden
(Copyright 1948, 1962) by the Literary Guild of America, Inc.


Ecballium (a throwing out)--Ek bal lee um: Squirting-cucumber
Eccremocarpus (pendant-fruit)--Ek rem oh karp us: Glory-flower
Echeveria (for botanical illustrator Echeveri)--Ek ev veer ee uh.
Echidnopsis (viper-like, as to serpentine stems)--Ek id nop siss.
Echinacea (sea-urchin-like, spiny as to bracts)--Ek in nay shee uh: Coneflower.
Echinocactus (spiny-Cactus)--Ek in oh kak tus.
Echinocereus (spiny-Cereus)--Ek in oh seer ee us.
Echinocystis (spiny-bladder, for its prickly fruit)--Ek in oh sist> iss.
Echinomastus (spiny-breast, for its spiny tubercles)--Ek in oh mast us.
Echinopanax (spiny-Panax)--Ek in oh pay nax: See preferred Oplopanax.
Echinops (sea-urchin-like, spiny as to scaly parts)--Ek in ops: Globe-Thistle.
Echinopsis (sea-urchin-like, spiny)--Ek in nop siss: Sea Urchin Cactus.
Echium (from word for viper)--Ek ee um: Vipers-Bugloss.
Edgeworthia (for English botanist Edgeworth)--Ej worth ee uh.
Edraianthus (for its stalkless flowers)--Ed rye anth us.
Eichhornia (for Prussian official J.A.F. Eichhorn)--Ike horn ee uh.
Elaeagnus--El ee ag nus.
Elaeocarpus (oil-fruit)--El ee oh karp[ us.
Elaeodendron (oil-tree)--El ee oh den dron.
Elaphoglossum (stag-tongue, as to fronds)--El af oh gloss um.
Elettaria--El et tay ree uh: Cardamon.
Eleusine (for mythical Ceres, goddess of the harvest)--El yew sye nee.
Elisena--El iss seen uh.
Elsholtzia (for German physician and botanist J.S. Elsholtz)--El sholt see uh.
Emilia--Em mill ee uh.
Emmenanthe (month-long-flower, for long-lasting corolla)--Em men anth ee.
Empetrum (in-rock, for its adaptability to rocky locations)--Em pet rum: Crowberry.
Encelia (little-eel, for form of seeds)--En seel ee uh.
Encephalartos (within-the-head-bread, for texture of interior of trunk)--En sef al lart oss.
Enkianthus (pregnant-flower, for appearance of flowers within the flowers)--En kee anth us.
Eomecon (dawn-poppy)--Ee oh meek on: snow-poppy.
Epacris (pointed-at-end, as to leaves)--Ep uh kriss.
Ephedra--Ef feed ruh: Mexican tea, joint-fir.
Epidendrum (on-trees, as to epiphytic, non-terrestrial habit)--Ep id den drum.
Epigaea (on the earth, for its trailing habit)--Ep ij ee uh: trailing Arbutus, mayflower (E. repens).
Epilobium (on-the-pod, as to flower structure)--Ep il loh bee um: willow-herb.
Epimedium--Ep im meed ee um.
Epiphyllum (on-the-leaf, as to the leaf-like flower branches)--Ep if fill um.
Episcia (shady, as to its habitat)--Ep piss see uh.
Epithelantha (like-a-nipple-flower)--Ep ith el lanth uh: button cactus.
Eragrostis (love-grass)--Ehr ag gros tiss.
Eranthemum (spring-flower)--Eer anth em um.
Eranthis (spring-flower)--Eer anth iss: winter aconite.
Er sill uh.
Eremochloa (desert-grass)--Ehr em mok loh uh: centipede-grass.
Eremurus (solitary-tail, as to single flower spike; perhaps desert-tail, for habitat in desert or lonely places)--Ehr em mew rus: desert-candle
Erepsia (taken-away, perhaps for separation of this genus from genus Mesembryanthemum)--Ee rep see uh
Eria (wool, as to downy leaves of some species)--Eer ee uh
Erianthus (wool-flower)--Ehr ee anth us: plume-grass
Erica--Ehr ik uh: heath
Ericameria (heath-like)--Ehr ik am meer ee uh: mock-heather
Erigenia (early-born, for its spring flowering)--Ehr ij een ee uh: harbinger-of-spring
Erigeron (early-old, for the hoary effect of some of its species)--Ehr rij er on: fleabane
Erinus--Ehr rye nus
Eriobotrya (wooly-cluster)--Ehr ee oh bot ree uh: loquat
Eriogonum (wooly-knee, for wooly stems and leaf bases of some species)--Ehr ee og on um
Eriophorum (wool-bearing, as to flower perianth)-Ehr ee off or um: cotton-grass
Eriophyllum (wool-leaf)--Ehr ee oh fill um
Eriostemon (wooly-stamen)--Ehr ee oh steem on
Eritrichium (very-hairy, as to wooly tufts os some species)--Ehr it trik ee um
Eriangea (for the University of Erlangen, Germany)--Er lan jee uh
Erodium (heron, suggested by its long-beaked fruit)--Ehr roh dee um: heron's-bill
Ervatamia--Er vat tay mee uh: crape-jasmine
Eryngium--Ehr rin jee um: eryngo
Erysimum (hedge-mustard)--Ehr riss um: blister-cress
Erythrina (red, for its flowers)--Ehr ith rye nuh: coral-tree
Erythronium (red, as to certain species)--Ehr ith roh nee um: adder's-tongue, trout-lily
Escallonia (for Escallon, Spanish traveler in South America)--Esk al loh nee uh
Eschscholzia (for German botanist J. F. von Eschscholz)--Esh sholt see uh: California-poppy (E. californica)
Escobaria (broom, spiny tufts)--Esk oh bay ree uh
Escontria (for Mexican Don Blas Escontria)--Ess kont ree uh
Eucalyptus (well-covered, as to buds)--Yew kal lip tus: gum-tree
Eucharidium (agreeable)--Yew kar rid ee um: see Clarkia, under which genus this is now included
Eucharis (agreeable, graceful)--Yew kar iss: Amazon-lily
Eucomis (having-fair-foliage)--Yew kom iss
Eucryphia (well-concealed, as to corolla hidden by calyx)--Yew kriff ee uh
Eugenia (for Prince Eugene of Savoy)--Yew jeen ee uh
Euonymus (of-good-name)--Yew on im us
Eupatorium (for King Eupator of ancient Pontus)--Yew pat toh re um: thoroughwort, boneset
Euphorbia--Yew forb ee uh: spurge
Euphoria (well-bearing, perhaps for the way it carries its fruits; perhaps well-being, for after-effects of eating them)--Yew for ee uh: longan
Eupritchardia (the attributive generic name, pritchardia, has now been superseded)--Yew prit chard ee uh: pritchardia
Euptelea (handsome-ptelea, hence handsome elm, as suggested by its fruit)--Yew teel ee uh
Eurya--Yew ree uh
Evodia (fragrance, as to leaves)--Ev voh dee uh
Evolvulus (rolled-out, hence not twining as is convolvulus, for example)--Ev vol vew lus
Exacum--Ex ak um
Exocharda (external-cord, as to a characteristic of the ovary)--Ex oh kord uh: pearl-bush


Fabiana (for Spanish Francisco Fabiana)--Fab ee ay nuh
Fagus (the classical name)--Fay gus: beech
Fatsia--Fat see uh
Faucaria--Faw kay ree uh
Fedia--Feed ee uh: African-valerian
Feijoa (for Spaniard J. de Silva Feijo)--Fay joh uh
Felicia (happiness)--Fel liss ee uh
Fenestraria (with-a-window, as to translucent area on leaf)--Fen est ray ree uh
Ferocactus (wild-, fierce-cactus)--Fee roh kak tus
Ferula (perhaps derived from word for rod, for stout stems)--Fehr yew luh: giant fennel
Ficus--Fye kus: fig
Filipendula (thread-hanging)--Fil ip pen dew luh: meadowsweet
Fittonia (for English botanists Elizabeth and Sarah Fitton)--Fit toh nee uh
Fitzroya (after English admiral Robert Fitzroy)--Fitz roy uh
Flacourtia (for French administrator Etienne do Flacourt)--Flak koor tee uh
Flemingia (for John Fleming, authority on Indian medicinal plants)--Flem min jee uh
Foeniculum--Fee nik yew lum: fennel
Fontanesia (for French botanist Rene Desfontaines)--Fon tan neez ee uh
Forestiera (for French physician Charles La Forestier)--For est yeer uh
Forsythia (for English horticulturist William Forsyth, who brought it from China)--For sith ee uh: golden-bells
Fortunella (for Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist and explorer)--For tew nell uh: kumquat
Fothergilla (for English physician John Fothergill)--Foth er gill uh
Fragaria--Frag gay ree uh: strawberry
Francoa (for a Spanish botanical patron Franco)--Fran koh uh
Frasera (for English botanist John Fraser)--Fray zer uh: columbo
Fraxinus--Frax in us: ash
Freesia (for Swedish botanist Elias Fries)--Free zee uh
Fremontia (for American general J. C. Fremont)--Free mont ee uh: flannel-bush (F. californica)
Fritillaria (dice-box, for markings on petals)--Frit il lay ree uh: fritillary
Fuchsia (for German botanist Leonhard Fuchs)--Fook see uh (botanically); Few shuh (colloquially)
Fumaria (smoky)--Few may ree uh: fumitory
Furcraea (for French chemist Antoine de Fourcroy)--Fur kree uh


Gaillardia (for French botanist Gaillard de Marentonneau)--Gay lard ee uh
Galanthus (milk-flower)--Gal anth us: snowdrop
Galax (milky, as to white flowers)--Gay lax
Galega (milk, as to probable old medicinal use)--Gal lee guh: goats-rue (G. officinalis)
Gallium (bedstraw)--Gay lee um: bedstraw
Galtonia (for anthropologist Sir Francis Galton)--Gol toh nee uh: giant summer-hyacinth (G. candicans)
Gamolepis (joined-scales, as to bract formation)--Gam mol ep iss
Garcinia (for French botanist Laurent Garcin)--Gar sin ee uh: mangosteen
Gardenia (for American botanist Alexander Garden)--Gar deen ee uh
Garrya (for Michael Garry of the Hudson's Bay Co.)--Gar ee uh: silk-tassel-bush
Gasteria (like a stomach, as to swollen flower base)--Gas teer ee uh
Gaultheria (for Canadian botanist and physician M. Gaulthier)--Gol teer ee uh: one of several species, G. procumbens, is called wintergreen, checkerberry, teaberry
Gaya (for botanical writer Jacques Gay)--Gay uh: lace-bark
Gaylussacia (for French chemist J. L. Gay-Lussac)--Gay lus say see uh: huckleberry
Gazania (for Theodorus of Gaza, medieval Greek scholar)--Gaz zay nee uh
Gelsemium--Jel seem ee um: Carolina yellow jessamine
Genista (broom)--Jen nist uh: broom
Gentiana (for Gentius, an Illyrian king, said to have discovered its tonic qualities)--Jen tee ay nuh: gentian
Geranium (crane, for resemblance of fruit to a crane's bill)--Jer ray nee um: cranesbill
Gerbera--Jerb er uh: see below
Gerberia (for German naturalist Traugott Gerber or Gerberus)--Jer beer ee uh: Transvaal daisy or Barberton daisy (G. jamesoni)
Geum--Jee um: avens
Gillia (for Spanish botanist Philip Gil)--Jill ee uh
Gillenia (for German botanist Arnold Gill)--Jil leen ee uh
Ginkgo--Ghing koh: maidenhair-tree
Gladiolus (little sword, as to leaves)--Glad ee oh lus: (same in both singular and plural)
Glaucidium (denoting a rather bluish green)--Glaw sid ee um
Gleditsia (for German botanist J. D. Gleditsch)--Gled dits ee uh: honey-locust
Globularia (for globular flower-heads)--Glob yew lay ree uh
Gloriosa (glorious)--Gloh ree oh suh: glory-lily
Glottiphyllum (tongue-like-leaf)--Glot if fill um
Glycine (sweet, as to taste of root)--Gliss in ee: soybean (G. max)
Glycyrrhiza (sweet-root)--Gliss ihr rye zuh: licorice
Glyptostrobus (marked-cone, as to seed cones)--Glip toh stroh bus
Gmelina (for German botanist S. G. Gmelin)--Mell in uh
Gnaphalium (wool-of-the-teasel, for wooly leaves)--Naf fay lee um
Godetia (for Swiss botanist Charles H. Godet)--Goh dee shee uh
Gomphrena (from a classical name for a kind of amaranth)--Gom free nuh
Gongora (for Cordovan bishop Antonio Caballero y Gongora)--Gon goh ruh
Goodia (after Peter Good, its discoverer)--Good ee uh
Goodyera (for English botanist John Goodyer)--Good yer uh
Gordonia (for English nurseryman James Gordon)--Gor doh nee uh
Grammatophyllum (letter-leaf, as to spotted flowers)--Gram at oh fill um
Graptopetalum (engraved-petal, as to color-dotting)--Grap toh pet al um
Graptophyllum (written-leaf, as to colored foliage)--Grap toh fill um
Grevillea (for botanical patron Charles F. Greville)Grey vill ee uh
Grewia (for English plant anatomist Nehemiah Grew)--Grew ee uh
Greyia (for administrator Sir George Grey)--Gray ee uh
Griselinia (for Venetian botanist Griselini)--Gris el lin ee uh
Guaiacum--Gwye ak um: lignum-vitae
Gunnera (for Norwegian naturalist J. E. Gunnerus)--Gun er uh
Guzmania (for Spanish naturalist A. Guzman)--Guz man ee uh
Gymnocalycium (naked-calyx, as to ovarian scales)--Jim noh kal liss ee um
Gymnocladus (naked-branch)--Jim nok lad us: Kentucky coffee-tree
Gynura (ovary-tailed, as to shape of stigma)--Jye new ruh
Gypsophila (gypsum-loving, as to limey soil preference)--Jip soff il uh: babys-breath (G. paniculata)


Habenaria (rein or strap, as to shape of flower parts)--Hab en nay ree uh: fringed orchis, rein orchis
Hacquetia (for B. Hacquet, writer on alpine plants)--Hak kwee shee uh
Haemanthus (blood-flower)--Heem anth us: blood-lily
Hakea (for German baron von Hake)--Hay kee uh
Halesia (for English botanist Stephen Hales)--Hay lee see uh: silver-bell
Halimodendron (salt-tree, as to habitat on salt plains)--Hal im oh den dron: salt-tree
Hamamelis (at-the-same-time, for the presence of flowers at fruiting time in some species)--Ham am meel iss: witch-hazel
Hamatocactus (hooked-cactus, for nature of spines in some cactus genera)--Ham at oh kak tus
Hamelia (for French botanist H. L. Duhamel-Dumonceau)--Ham mee lee uh
Hardenbergia (for German Countess Hardenberg)--Har den berj ee uh
Harpephyllum (sickle-leaf, as to pointed form)--Harp if fill um: Kafir-plum
Harrisia (for botanist William Harris)--Har riss ee uh
Hawarthia (for English botanist J. H. Haworth)--Hay worth e uh
Hebe (for mythical goddess of youth)--Hee bee
Hebenstretia (for German physician J. E. Hebenstreit)--Heb en street ee uh
Hedeoma (sweet-odor, presumably for fragrant flowers)--Hee dee oh muh
Hedera (classical name for ivy)--Hed er uh: ivy
Hedychium (sweet-snow, for color and fragrance of flowers in some species)--Hee dik ee um: ginger-lily, and (H. coronarium) garland-flower
Hedysarum (sweet-spice, as to flower scent)--Hee diss ar um
Helenium--Hel leen ee um: sneeze-weed
Helianthella (little-sun-flower)--Hee lee anth ell uh
Helianthemum (sun-flower)--Hee lee anth em um: sun-rose
Helianthus (sun-flower)--Hee lee anth us: sunflower
Helichrysum (sun-gold, as to flower heads)--Hel ik krye sum: everlasting
Helicodiceros (spirally-two-horned: application vague)--Hel ik koh diss er os: twist-arum
Helicornia (for Helikon, seat of the mythical muses)--Hel ik koh nee uh
Heliocereus (sun-cereus)--Hee lee oh seer ee us
Heliopsis (sun-like, as to flowers)--Hee lee opp siss
Heliotropium (sun-turning, originally applied to flowers that always faced the sun)--Hee lee oh troh pee um: heliotrope
Helipterum (sun-wing, as to tropism of certain parts)--Hel lip ter um: everlasting
Helonias (marsh)--Hel loh nee ass: swamp-pink
Helleborus--Hel leb boh rus: hellebore, and (H. niger) christmas-rose
Helxine--Hel zye nee: babys-tears
Hemerocallis (day-beauty, for its flowers, which fail to last overnight)--Hem er oh kal iss: day-lily
Hemigraphis--Hem ig graff iss
Hemionitis (mule, for those of its fronds which are sterile)--Hem ee oh nye tiss: strawberry-fern
Hemiptelea (half-elm)--Hem ip teel ee uh
Hepatica (liver-like, as to leaf shape)--Hep pat ik uh: liverleaf
Heracleum (for mythical Hercules)--Hehr ak klee um: cow-parsnip
Herniaria (from same root as word hernia, perhaps for swollen joints)--Her nee ay ree uh: herniary, rupture-wort, burst-wort
Hesperaloe (western-aloe)--Hess per al oh ee
Hesperethusa (for one of the mythical Hesperides
Hesperis (evening)--Hesp er iss: rocket
Heterocentron (unlike-spurs, as to anthers)--Het er oh sent ron
Heteromeles (differing-fruit)--Het er oh mee leez: toyon, christmas-berry
Heterospathe (differing-spathe)--Het er oh spayth ee
Heterospermum (differing-seed)--Het er oh sperm um
Heuchera (for German botanist Johann Heucher)--Hew ker uh: alum-root, and (H. sanguinea) coral-bells
Hibbertia (for English botanist George Hibbert)--Hib bert ee uh
Hibiscus (classical name for marsh-mallow)--Hye bisk us: rose-mallow
Hidalgoa--Hye dal goh uh: climbing-dahlia
Hieracium (plant-hawk)--Hye er ray see um: hawksweed
Hippeastrum (horse-star, of uncertain significance, probably fanciful)--Hip ee ast rum: superseded generic name for what is now both generically and commonly known as an amaryllis
Hippocrepis (horse-shoe, as to shape of pod)--Hip poh kreep iss
Hippophae--Hip poff uh ee: seabuck-thorn
Hoffmannia (for German botanist Georg Hoffmann)--Hof man ee uh
Hoheria--Hoh heer ee uh
Holodiscus (entire-disk, as to flower character)--Hol oh disk us
Homalanthus (like-flowers)--Hom al anth us
Homalocephala (like-headed)--Hom al oh seff al uh
Homalocladium (like-branched, probably as to stems and canes of its single species)--Hom al oh klay dee um: ribbon-bush, centipede-plant
Homalomena--Hom al oh mee nuh
Hordeum (classical name for barley)--Hord ee um
Horminum (classical name for sage)--Hor mye num
Hosta (for German botanist N. T. Host)--Hohst uh: plantain-lily
Houstonia (for English botanist William Houston)--Hoos toh nee uh
Hovea--Hoh vee uh
Hovenia (for Dutch botanical patron David Hoven)--Hoh veen ee uh: Japanese raisin-tree
Howea (for Lord Howe's Island in the South Pacific, its habitat)--How ee uh
Hoya (for English gardener Thomas Hoy)--Hoy uh: wax-plant
Hudsonia (for English botanist William Hudson)--Hud soh nee uh: beach-heather
Huernia (for plant collector Justus Huernius)--Hew ern ee uh
Humata (of-the-earth, as to creeping rhizomes)--Hew may tuh: bears-foot-fern
Humea (for Lady Hume of Australia)--Hew mee uh
Humulus--Hew mew lus: hop
Hunnemannia (for English patron John Hunnemann)--Hun em man ee uh: Mexican tulip-poppy, golden-cup
Hutchinsia (for a Miss Hutchins, Irish botanist)--Hut chin see uh
Hyacinthus (for mythical character so named)--Hye uh sinth us: hyacinth
Hydrangea (water-capsule, as to cup-shaped fruit)--Hye drayn jee uh
Hydrastis (water, perhaps as to its moisture nature)--Hye drass tiss: goldenseal, orange-root
Hydrocleis (water-key, perhaps as to aquatic conditions it requires)--Hye droh klees: water-poppy
Hydrophyllum (water-leaf)--Hye droh fill um: water-leaf
Hydrosme (Hye dross mee: devil's-tongue
Hylocereus (wood-cereus, as to tree-climbing habit)--Hye loh seer ee us
Hymenaea (for the night closing of the paired leaflets)--Hye men nee uh
Hymenanthera (membrane-flower, as to flower structure)--Hye men anth er uh
Hymenocallis (membrane-beauty, as to the webbed filaments)--Hye men oh kal iss: spider-lily
Hyophorbe (food-for-swine, as to its fleshy fruit)--Hye oh forb ee: pig-nut palm
Hyoscyamus (hog-bran, perhaps because it poisoned foraging hogs)--Hye oh sye am us: henbane
Hypericum--Hye pehr ik um: St. John's-wort
Hypochoeris--Hye poh keer iss: cats-ear
Hypolepis (underneath-scale, for position of spore-cases)--Hye pol ep iss
Hypoxis (underneath-sharp, as to leaf pod base)--Hye pox iss: star-grass
Hyssopus--Hiss op us: hyssop
Hystrix (porcupine, for barbed terminal-spikelets)--Hist rix: bottlebrush-grass


Iberis--Eye beer iss: candytuft
Idesia (for Dutch traveler Yobrantz Ides)--Eye dee zee uh
Ilex--Eye lex: holly
Illicium (an allurement, as to its odor)--Ill liss ee um
Impatiens (impatient, probably as to the pods, which burst at a touch)--Im pay shee ens: touch-me-not, snapweed, or (I. balsamina) garden balsam
Incarvillea (after Jesuit missionary P. d'Incarville)--In kar vill ee uh
Indigofera (indigo-bearing)--In dig goff er uh: indigo
Inula--In yew luh
Iochroma (violet-volor)--Eye oh kroh muh
Ionidium (violet-nest, vague except for violet color of flowers)--Eye oh nid ee um
Ionopsidium (violet-like)--Eye on op sid ee um: diamond-flower
Ipomoea (worm-like, because of its twining habit)--Eye poh mee uh: ipomea, morning-glory
Iresine(wool-bound-wreath, as to wooly calyx)--Eye res sye nee: blood-leaf
Iris (rainbow)--Eye riss
Isatis--Eye sat iss: woad
Isoloma (equal-border, perhaps as to corolla)--Eye soh loh muh
Isoplexis (equal-cut, as to lips of corolla)--Eye soh plex iss
Isopyrum--Eye soh pye rum
Isotoma (equal-cut, perhaps as to corolla lips)--Eye sot oh muh
Itea (classical willow)--It ee uh: sweet-spire, or Virginia-willow (I. virginica)
Ixia (bird-lime, for viscid juice of some species)--Ix ee uh
Ixiolirion (Ixia-like-lily)--Ik see oh lihr ee on
Ixora (Hindu divinity)--Ik soh ruh


Jacaranda--Jak ar rand uh
Jacobinia--Jak oh bin ee uh
Jamesia (for its American discoverer Dr. Edwin James)--Jay mee see uh
Jasminum--Jass min um: jasmine, jessamine
Jatropha (physician-food, as to medicinal uses)--Jat ruh fuh
Jeffersonia (for President Thomas Jefferson)--Jef er soh nee uh
Jubaea (as to feather-like growth)--Jew bee uh: syrup palm
Juglans--Joo glanz: walnut
Juniperus--Joo nip er us: juniper
Jussiaea (for French botanist Bernard de Jussieu)--Juss ih ee uh: primrose-willow


Kadsura--Kad soor uh
Kalanchoe--Kal an koh ee
Kalmia (for Swedish botanist Peter Kalm)--Kal mee uh: (mountain-laurel is K. latifolia)
Kennedia (for English gardener Lewis Kennedy)--Ken need ee uh
Kerria (for English gardener William Kerr)--Kehr ee uh
Keteleeria (for French nurseryman Jean Keteleer)--Ket el leer ee uh
Kickxia (for Belgian botanist Jan Kickx)--Kik see uh
Kleinia--Klye nee uh
Kniphofia (for German botanist Johann Kniphof)--Nip hoh fee uh: torch-lily, poker-plant
Kochia (for German botanist W. D. J. Koch)--Koh kee uh: summer cypress (K. scoparia)
Koelreuteria (for German naturalist J. G. Koelreuter)--Kel roo teer ee uh: (K. paniculata) is the goldenrain-tree
Kolkwitzia (for German botanist Richard Kolkwitz)--Kol kwits ee uh: beauty-bush
Kosteletzkys (for Bohemian botanist V. F. Kosteletzky)--Kost el lets kee uh
Krigia (for David Krig, collector of Maryland Plants)--Krig ee uh
Kuhnia (for Philadelphia botanist Dr. Adam Kuhn)--Koon ee uh
Kunzea (for German botanist Gustav Kunze)--Kunn zee uh


Laburnum (the classical name)--Lab burn um: golden-chain (L. anagyroides)
Lachenalia (for Swiss botanist W. de Lachenal)--Lak en nay lee uh: cape-cowslip
Lactuca--Lak tew kuh: lettuce (L. sativa)
Laelia (for Roman statesman Caius Laelius)--Lee lee uh
Laeliocattleya--Lee lee oh kat lee uh: the name of a group of hybrids between two orchid genera, Laelia and Cattleya
Lagenaria (flask)--Laj en nay ree uh: white-flowered gourd
Lagerstroemia (for Swedish merchant M. von Lagerstroem)--Lay gur streem ee uh
Lagunaria--Lag yew nay ree uh
Lagurus (hare-tail)--Lag yew rus: hares-tail-grass
Lallemania (for botanist L. E. A. Lallemont)--Lal lem mont ee uh
Lamarckia (for French naturalist Lamarck)--Lam mark ee uh: goldentop
Lamium--Lay mee um: dead-nettle
Lampranthus--Lamp ranth us
Lantana--Lan tay nuh
Lapageria (for French botanist J. de la Pagerie)--Lap aj jeer ee uh: Chilian bellflower
Lapeirousia (for French naval officer J. F. G. de la Peyrouse)--Lap ay roo see uh
Larix--Lay rix: larch, tamarack
Larrea--Lar ee uh: creosote-bush
Lasthenia--Las theen ee uh
Latania--Lat tay nee uh
Lathyrus--Lath ihr us: (the common sweet-pea belongs to the species L. odoratus)
Laurus (the classical laurel)--Law rus: laurel, sweet-bay
Lavandula--Lav van dew luh: lavender
Lavatera (for Swiss physician Lavater)--Lav at teer uh: tree-mallow
Lawsonia (for Scottish naturalist John Lawson)--Law soh nee uh: henna, mignonette-tree
Layia (for English botanist George T. Lay)--Lay ee uh
Ledum--Leed um
Leea (for Scottish nurseryman James Lee)--Lee uh
Leiophyllum (smooth-leaf)--Lye oh fill um: sand-myrtle
Lemaireocereus (for French horticulturist Charles Lemaire)--Lem may ree oh seer us
Lemna--Lem nuh: duckweed
Lens--Lenss: lentil
Leonotis (lion-ear, supposedly as to flower form)--Lee on noh tiss: lion's ear
Leontopodium (lion's-foot, perhaps for furry nature)--Lee on toh poh dee um
Lepachys (thick-scale, probably as to bracts)--Lepp ak iss: coneflower
Lepidium (little-scale, as to small flat pods)--Lep pid ee um: pepper-grass
Leptodermis (thin-skin)--Lep toh derm iss
Leptopyrum (thin-fruit)--Lep toh pye rum
Leptospermum (thin-seed)--Lep toh sperm um
Leptosyne (slenderness or delicacy)--Lep toh sye nee: (often included in genus Coreopsis
Lespedeza (for a Spanish governor of Florida, D. Lespedez)--Les ped deez uh: bush clover
Lesquerella (for Swiss-American paleo-botanist Leo Lesquereux)--Less keh rell uh
Leucadendron (white-tree)--Lew kad den dron: silver=tree (L. argenteum
Leucaena (to grow white, as to flowers)--Lew seen uh: white popinac
Leucocrinum (white-lily)--Lew koh krye num
Leucojum (white-violet, as to flower colors)--Lew koh jum: snowflake
Leucophyllum (white-leaf)--Lew koh fill um
Leucothoe (mythical princess of Babylon, supposed to have been changed by Apollo to a sweet-scented shrub)--Lew koth oh ee
Leuzea (for a man named De Leuze)--Lew zee uh
Levisticum--Lev vist ik um: lovage
Lewisia (after American explorer Captain Meriwether Lewis)--Lew iss ee uh
Leycesteria (for William Leycester, a jurist in Bengal)--Lay sess teer ee uh: Himalaya-honeysuckle
Liatris--Lye ay triss: blazing-star, gayfeather, button-snakeroot
Libocedrus (frankincense-cedar)--Lye boh seed rus: incense-cedar
Ligularia (little-strap, as to shape of flower rays)--Lig yew lay ree uh
Ligusticum--Lig gust ik um
Ligustrum--Lig gust rum: privet
Lilium (classical name for lily)--Lill ee um: lily
Limnanthes (marsh-flower)--Lim nanth eez: meadow-foam
Limnocharis (for marshy habitat)--Lim nok ar iss
Limonium--Lim moh nee um: sea-lavender
Linaria (linum-like)--Lye nay ree uh: toadflax
Lindelofia (for German botanical patron F. von Lindelof)--Lin del loh fee uh
Lindera--Lin deer uh: spice-bush (L. benzoin). This plant is often listed as Benzoin aestivale, a name now superseded
Linnaea (for Swedish Carolus Linnaeus, whose real name was Karl von Linne, and who ranks as one of the giants of botany for his binomial classification system)--Lin nee ee uh: twin-flower
Linosyris--Lye noss er iss: goldilocks
Linum--Lye num: flax
Liparis (oily, as to shining leaves)--Lip ar iss: twayblade
Lippia (for French physician Augustin Lippi)--Lip ee uh
Liquidambar--Lik wid am ber: sweet gum (L. styraciflua)
Liriodendron (lily-tree, as to its flowers)--Lihr ee oh den dron: tulip-tree
Liriope (for mythical nymph)--Lihr rye oh pee: lily-turf
Listera (for English physician Martin Lister)--List er uh
Lithocarpus (stone-fruit)--Lith oh karp us: tanbark-oak (L. densiflora)
Lithodora (rock-dwelling)--Lith oh doh ruh: See Lithospermum
Lithops (stone-eyed)--Lith ops: stone-face
Lithospermum (stone-seed)--Lith oh sperm um: gromwell
Lithraea--Lith ree uh
Livistona (for Scotsman Patrick M. Livistone)--Liv ist toh nuh
Loasa--Loh uh suh
Lobelia (for Flemish botanist Matthias de Lobel)--Loh beel ee uh
Lobivia--Loh biv ee uh
Lobularia--Lohb yew lay ree uh: sweet-alyssum
Loeselia (for Prussian botanist John Loesel)--Les seel ee uh
Logania (for Irish botanist James Logan)--Loh gay nee uh
Loiseleuria (for French botanist J. C. A. Loisleur-Deslongchamps)--Loy sel lew ree uh: alpine-azalea
Lolium--Loh lee um: rye-grass
Lomatia (edge, as to winged seeds)--Loh may shee uh
Lomatium (edge or small border, as to its fruit)--Loh may shee um
Lonas--Loh nass: African-daisy
Lonicera (for German botanist Adam Lonicer)--Lon niss er uh: honeysuckle
Lopezia (for Spanish botanist J. Lopez)--Loh peez ee uh
Lophophora (crest-bearing)--Loff off or uh
Loropetalum (strap-petal)--Lor oh pet al um
Lotus (classical plant which bears the "fruit of forgetfulness"--Loh tus
Luculia--Lew kew lee uh
Luetkea (for Russian sea captain Luetke)--Lew et kee uh
Luffa--Luff uh
Lunaria (moon-like, as to silvery pods)--Loo nay ree uh: moonwort, satin-flower, honesty
Lupinus (wolf, implying that the plant tends to impoverish the soil)--Loo pye nus: lupine
Lycaste--Lye kast ee
Lychnis (lamp, perhaps, for brightness of flowers)--Lik niss
Lycium (for a kind of thorn)--Liss ee um: box-thorn, matrimony-vine
Lycopersicon--Lye koh per sik on: tomato
Lycopodium (wolf-foot, for a rather fanciful resemblance)--Lye koh poh dee um: club-moss
Lycopus (wolf-foot, presumably as to leaf shape)--Lye koh pus: water hoarhound
Lycoris--Lye kor iss Lygodium (flexible)--Lye goh dee um: climbing fern
Lyonia (for John Lyon, plant introducer)--Lye oh nee uh
Lysichitum (loose-cloak, as to its spathe)--Lye sik kye tum: yellow skunk-cabbage (L. americanum)
Lysimachia (for King Lysimachus)--Lye sim may kee uh: loosestrife
Lythrum (blood or gore, perhaps as to flower color)--Lith rum

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