Botanical Latin Translations

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(updated 5 March 2023)

Kaempferia rotunda L.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Kaempferia rotunda in Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 3.
   today: The current name for this species is Kaempferia rotundifolia L.

original Latin diagnosis
Kaempferia foliis lanceolatis petiolatis.

English translation
Kaempferia with leaves lanceolate [and] petiolate.

English translation with commentary
Kaempferia Kaempferia
with leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
lanceolate lanceolatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective lanceolatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] added for smoother reading
petiolate. petiolatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective petiolatus, -a, -um; modifies foliis

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