mertensia

mertensia

[mer-ten-see-uh, -shee-uh, -shuh]
noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Mertensia, of the borage family, including the lungworts and the Virginia cowslip.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1797), after Franz Karl Mertens (died 1831), German botanist; see -ia

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mertensia

noun
a genus of herbs belonging to the family Boraginaceae that grow in temperate regions and have blue or purple flowers shaped like funnels 
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