etymology-Thespesia populnea

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nivi tha

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May 31, 2010, 2:06:54 AM5/31/10
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Etymology No.3

Thespesia populnea

Thespesia-
divine (commomly cultured round temples)

populnea
- poplar- like (ancient name of poplar 'arbor populi' " Tree of People")



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Satish Phadke

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May 31, 2010, 3:30:32 AM5/31/10
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Poplar like...means
The leaves are like Poplar leaves; Heart shaped I suppose?

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Dinesh Valke

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May 31, 2010, 3:47:32 AM5/31/10
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Yes Satish ji ... Selvalakshmi ji has put it "poplar-like"

Pronounced as pop-ULL-nee-uh , the epithet populnea alludes to having leaves like that of poplar plant.
The generic name Thespesia, pronounced as thess-PEE-zee-uh is derived from the Greek thespesios meaning divine or marvelous ... perhaps refers to the trees found planted near sacred buildings, churches in the Pacific islands.

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nivi tha

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May 31, 2010, 4:36:58 AM5/31/10
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Thank you for the information dinesh ji, sathish ji
Selvalakshmi S.
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