Col·​u·​mel·​lia | \ ˌkäl(y)əˈmelēə \

Definition of Columellia

: a small genus (coextensive with a family Columelliaceae of the order Polemoniales) of bitter evergreen shrubs of the northern Andes that have yellow cymose flowers with two stamens and capsular fruit enclosed by the calyx

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History and Etymology for Columellia

New Latin, from Lucius J.M. Columella 1st century a.d. Roman agricultural writer + New Latin -ia

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“Columellia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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