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Comptonia peregrina (L.) Coult.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Liquidambar peregrina in Species Plantarum, edition 1, p. 999.
   1789: L’Héritier, in Aiton, Hort. Kew. 3:334. established the genus Comptonia.
   1894: John Merle Coulter in Memoirs of the Torrey Botanical Club (volume 5, page 127), transferred Liquidambar peregrina to the genus Comptonia.
   today: The current name for this species is Comptonia peregrina (L.) Coult.

original Latin description
Liquidambar foliis oblongis sinuatis.

English translation
Liquidambar with leaves oblong [and] sinuate.

English translation with commentary
Liquidambar Liquidambar
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
oblong oblongis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective oblongus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
sinuate. sinuatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective sinuatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis

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