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Adansonia

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noun Ad·an·so·nia \ˌad-ən-ˈsō-nē-ə, ˌad-ˌan-, -nyə\

Medical Definition of Adansonia

  1. :  a genus of trees (family Bombacaceae) having palmately divided leaves, white pendent flowers, and capsular fruits—see baobab



Biographical Note for adansonia

Adanson \ȧ-däⁿ-sōⁿ, ˈad-ən-sən\play play , Michel (1727–1806), French naturalist. Adanson played a major, although unrecognized, role in introducing modern statistical methods into systematic botany. In 1763–64 he published Familles des plantes in which he proposed a system of plant classification and nomenclature based on many characters instead of a few selected ones. Although the system enjoyed a period of usage, it was superseded by the Linnaean system.


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