Dictionary of Specific Epithets beginning with A

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A

aberrans

aberrant

abietina

resembling Abies (fir tree)

acaule

stalkless

acaulis

stalkless

accumbens

lying down

acerosa

needle-like foliage

acmopetala

pointed petals

acranthus

flowers at apices (tips)

acre

acrid, bitter taste

acuminatus

tapering gradually to a point

adeno-

prefix for glandular or sticky

adhatoda

not touched by goats

admirabilis

wonderful!, astonishing!!

adpressus

pressed against

adstringens

binding together

adumbratus

counterfeit

aduncus

bent, crooked, curved, hooked

aequitrilobus

3 equal lobes

aereus

bronze

aestivus

of summer

affinis

related to, allied to

agastus

charming

agglomeratus

balled (as, in a ball)

agglutinatus

stuck together

aggregatulus

joined in little clusters

aggregatus

joined in clusters, apparently larger ones

agraria

growing in fields

agrarius

growing in fields

agrostis

grassy

aizoon

evergreen

alata

winged

alatus

winged

albella

almost white

albellus

almost white

albens

whitened

albescens

whitening, turning white

albicans

becoming white, not quite white

albida

whitish

albidula

whitish

albidulus

whitish

albidum

whitish

albidus

whitish

albina

whitish

albinum

whitish

albinus

whitish

albissima

whitest

albissimus

whitest

albocaerulescens

white becoming light blue

albocinereus

ash white

albofuscescens

white becoming dusky

albogilvus

very light yellow

albohyalinus

glassy white

albolutescens

white becoming green

alboniger

white black (?)

albonigra

white black

albonigrum

white black

algida

cold

algidus

cold

alpeophila

mountain loving

alpeophilus

mountain loving

alpestris

of low mountains; growing in mountains

alpicola

mountain growing

alpigenus

originating in the mountains

alticola

dweller in the heights

altimontana

growing on high mountains

altimontanus

growing on high mountains

alveolata

channelled

alveolatus

channelled

amabilis

deserves to be loved

amplexa

clasped

amplexifolia

leaves clasped

amplexifolius

leaves clasped

amplexus

clasped

amygdalina

of almonds

amygdalinus

of almonds

anacantha

without spines

anacanthus

without spines

anemophila

wind-loving

anemophilus

wind-loving

angulosa

with corners, prominent ridges

angulosus

with corners, prominent ridges

angustata

narrowed

angustatus

narrowed

angustifoliata

narrow leaves

angustifoliatus

narrow leaves

annua

annual

annularis

ring shaped, ringed

annuus

annual

anopetala

petals ascending

anopetalus

petals ascending

anosma

unscented

anosmus

unscented

anserina

belonging to geese

anserinus

belonging to geese

anthopogon

bearded flower

anthracina

the color of coal

anthracinus

the color of coal

aperta

open

apertus

open

apetala

without petals

apetalus

without petals

aphylla

leafless

aphyllus

leafless

apiculata

abrupt short point

apiculatus

abrupt short point

apiifolia

parsley-leaved

apiifolius

parsley-leaved

aquatica

in water

aquaticus

in water

aquatilis

living in water

aquea

clear like water

aqueus

clear like water

aquifolia

holly like

aquifolius

holly like

aquilegifolia

leaves like the genus Aquilegia

aquilegifolius

leaves like the genus Aquilegia

arachnoides

like a spider or spider's web

arborescens

tree like

arboricola

living in trees

arbuscula

dwarf tree

arcana

closed

arcanus

closed

arenaria

relating to sand

arenarius

relating to sand

arenicola

living in sand

argentea

silvery

argenteus

silvery

argillicola

growing in clay

arguta

sharply toothed

argutus

sharply toothed

argyraeus

silvery

argyrotricha

silvery haired

argyrotrichus

silvery haired

aristata

long bristle-like tip

aristatus

long bristle-like tip

armiger

spiny, prickly

armigera

spiny, prickly

armillaris

collared

articulata

jointed

articulatus

jointed

arundinacea

reed like

arundinaceus

reed like

arvense

of cultivated fields

arvensis

of cultivated fields

asper

rough

aspera

rough

aspersa

scattered

aspersus

scattered

assurgens

rising up

astricta

drawn together

astrictus

drawn together

ater

black

atra

black

atrata

black

atratus

black

atro-

prefix meaning very dark

atropurpurea

dark purple

atropurpureus

dark purple

atrosanguinea

deep red

atrosanguineus

deep red

atrovirens

dark green

atrum

black

attenuata

weak

attenuatus

weak

aureata

with gold

aureatus

with gold

aureo-reticulata

with a gold net

aureo-reticulatus

with a gold net

aurescens

becoming golden

auroralis

of the morning

aurorea

pink

auroreus

pink

australe

southern

australis

southern

avenoides

oat like

axillaris

in leaf axils

azurea

deep blue

azureum

deep blue

azureus

deep blue

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