from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Valerianeæ, chiefly distinguished from Valeriana by its toothed, lobed, awned, or horned, but never pappous calyx.

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  • n. genus of Old World annual herbs widely naturalized


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  • That small mossy circle would be thick with flowers, not one of them more than an inch high and some barely a centimetre – speedwell and forget-me-not, pearlwort and white flax, stork's-bill, cranesbill and valerianella, several minute purple vetches, and, best of all, a tiny pure-white saxifrage with scarlet leaves and stem.

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