clerodendrum

clerodendrum

[kleer-uh-den-druhm, kler-]
noun
any of numerous tropical trees or shrubs of the genus Clerodendrum, having clusters of variously colored flowers.
Also, clerodendron [kleer-uh-den-druhn, kler-] .


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), equivalent to Greek klēro- (combining form of klêros lot, chance) + déndron tree; allegedly so named in reference to the varying uses of its species, some being medicinal, some poisonous

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