Interesting, funny, weird, e.t.c. plant names

Dove’s-foot Crane’s-bill

Maltese Fungus – which is not a fungus but a plant, presumably why iNat calls it Red Thumb.

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Arctostaphylos uva-ursi — because the scientific name means “bear-grapes grape-bear.”


Heavenly bamboo is particularly strange since it’s not a bamboo and doesn’t really strike me as “heavenly”


The same can be said of Lucky Bamboo. I would say that it is especially unlucky because it led to the introduction of an invasive mosquito.


Toquilla Palm – because, first, it isn’t a palm. Second, because I first knew it as Panama Hat Palm, and “Panama” hats are from Ecuador. Third, the genus name Carludovica means Charles-Louise, as it was named after King Carlos IV of Spain, and his queen Luisa.

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