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Thuja occidentalis L.

Taxonomic history:
   1753: Linnaeus described this species as Thuja occidentalis in Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1002 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile.
   Today: The current name for this species is Thuja occidentalis L.


original Latin description
Thuja strobilis laevibus: squamis obtusis.

English translation
Thuja with a strobilus smoothp [and] with scales obtuse.



English translation with commentary
Thuja Thuja
with strobili strobilis - ablative plural of second declension masculine noun strobilus, -i
smooth laevibus - ablative plural masculine of group B adjective laevis, -is, -e; modifies strobilis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
with scales. squamis. - ablative plural of first declension feminine noun squama, -ae
blunt obtusis - ablative plural feminine of group A adjective obtusus, -a, -um; modifies squamis


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