Bryonia

Macro shot of a white bryony (bryonia alba) flower

Bryonia alba

Synonyms:
White Bryony
Bryonia_alba (Wikipedia)

Bryonia alba
Bryonia alba1pl.jpg
Mature foliage and berries
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Eudicots
Clade:Rosids
Order:Cucurbitales
Family:Cucurbitaceae
Genus:Bryonia
Species:
B. alba
Binomial name
Bryonia alba
Synonyms
  • Bryonia dioica M.Bieb. nom. illeg.
  • Bryonia monoeca E.H.L.Krause nom. illeg.
  • Bryonia nigra Gilib. nom. inval.
  • Bryonia vulgaris Gueldenst. ex Ledeb.

Bryonia alba (also known as white bryony or wild hop) is a vigorous vine in the family Cucurbitaceae, found in Europe and Northern Iran. It has a growth habit similar to kudzu, which gives it a highly destructive potential outside its native range as a noxious weed. Other common names include false mandrake, English mandrake, wild vine, and wild hops, wild nep, tamus,[citation needed] ladies' seal, and tetterbury.

Bryonia (Wiktionary)

Latin

Etymology

From Ancient Greek βρυωνία (bruōnía, bryony), from βρύω (brúō, to teem).

Noun

bryōnia f (genitive bryōniae); first declension

  1. bryony (wild vine)

Declension

First-declension noun.

References

  • bryonia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • bryonia in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • bryonia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934)
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