: a genus of tropical woody vines (family Asclepiadaceae) having small greenish purple flowers with the crown of the corolla consisting of five flat scales united at the base to the androecium see rank indigo

Word History


New Latin, from William Marsden †1836 English orientalist + New Latin -ia

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“Marsdenia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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