The meaning of Latin Plant names

August 29th 2012

I saw this table of meanings for Latin plant names the other day. Knowing the meanings is very useful when identifying plants and can often help where and when to plant.

Adpressa

Pressed into close contact

Baccata

Berry bearing

Fastigiata / Fastigiate

Erect growth on upward pointing branches

Gracilis

Slender

Cuspidata

Tooth like or pointed

Falcata

Sickle shaped

Filifera / Filiformis

Thread like or thread leafed

Glabra

Hairless

Nana

Dwarf

Obtusa

Rounded at point or blunt tipped

Plicata

Fan shaped

Pendula

Weeping

Plumosa

Feathery

Procumbens

Creeping

Prostrata

Lying flat or prostrate

Pungens (1)

Strong smelling

Pungens (2)

Ending in a stiff sharp point

Repanda

Wavy edged

Repens

Creeping or flat

Stricta

Upright or straight

Sylvestris

Forest type