from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of herbs and shrubs of the order Malvaceæ and tribe Ureneæ, having from five to eight leaf-like or bristle-like bractlets, and the carpels generally with from one to three awns.
- n. [l. c.] A plant of this genus.
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- n. any of various evergreen plants of the genus Pavonia having white or yellow or purple flowers
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Mr. Andrew Murray has remarked how closely the larva of the peacock moth (Saturnia pavonia-minor) harmonizes in its ground colour with that of the young buds of heather on which it feeds, and that the pink spots with which it is decorated correspond with the flowers and flower-buds of the same plant.
_Saturnia pavonia-minor_, protective colouring of larva of, 63.
See his remarks on Saturnia pavonia minor (page 107), and elsewhere on cattle and gadflies.
We have our doubts whether the plant here figured be the _pavonia_ of the _Systema Vegetabilium_, as it does not accord so well with the description there given, as we could wish; as such however it has been regarded by some here, and it must be allowed to answer extremely well to the name.
IRIS _pavonia_ imberbis folio lineari glabro, scapo subunifloro.
Among these invasive woody species are Paraserianthes falcataria (Albizia), Adenanthera pavonia (Agati), Clidemia hirta (Creole name: Faux Watouk), Cinnamomum verum, Chrysobalanus icaco (Prune de France), Psidium cattleianum (wild guava), Syzygium jambos, Astonia macrophylla (Bois jaune) and Tabebuia pallida (Calice du pape).