Botanical Latin Translations

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Kaempferia galanga L.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Kaempferia galanga in Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 2.
   today: The current name for this species is Kaempferia galanga L.

original Latin description
Kaempferia foliis ovatis sessilibus.

English translation
Kaempferia with leaves ovate [and] sessile.

English translation with commentary
Kaempferia Kaempferia
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
ovate ovatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective ovatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] added for smoother reading
sessile. sessilibus - ablative plural neuter of group B adjective sessilis, -is, -e; modifies foliis

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