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Triodanis perfoliata (L.) Nieuwl.

Venus’ looking glass

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
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyCampanulaceaeCampanula or bellflower family; means “bell-shaped flowers”
GenusTriodanisFrom Greek treis, “three,” and odons, “tooth,” hence “three-toothed”
SpeciesperfoliataRefers to a leaf which has its margins entirely surrounding the stem in such a fashion that the stem seems to pass through the leaf

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Triodanis perfoliata (L.) Nieuwl. var. perfoliata


Triodanis perfoliata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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