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Nº 35. Saturday, December 18, 2010

Aegicerataceae

n Bot. Family of dicotyledonous plants within the order Ericales.

Type genus: Aegiceras.

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Aegiceras corniculatum. Drawing of Aegiceras corniculatum from a book about the flora of The Philippines, by Francisco Manuel Blanco (1880 or 1883).

Etymology

From modern Latin Aegicerataceae; from Aegiceras, name of a plant genus; from Latin aex, aegis, from Greek aix, aigis, «goat»; and Latin ceras, cerat-, from Greek keras, kerat-, «horn», probably because its fruits resemble goat's horns; and the Latin suffix -aceae, «-aceous».