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Humulus lupulus L.


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderUrticalesIncludes cannabis, nettles, mulberries, elms, others
FamilyCannabaceaeA small but varied group whose best known members are marijuana and hops for beer
GenusHumulusVines that climb with hooked hairs; Latin Humulus may mean “hop”
SpecieslupulusLiterally a “small wolf,” alluding to the plant’s habit of climbing over and smothering trees on which it grows. H. lupulus is the European hop and was once called “willow-wolf” because of its propensity for climbing on willows, and the word shows up again in the species Medicago lupulina

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Humulus lupulus description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Humulus lupulus (hops)

These are the female flowers (also called seed cones or strobiles) of the hop plant. · 7/17/2007 · Guam · By Jacquelyn Boyt


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