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eriogonum

[ er-ee-og-uh-nuhm, -ee-uh-goh-nuhm ]
/ ˌɛr iˈɒg ə nəm, -i əˈgoʊ nəm /
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noun

any of various plants belonging to the genus Eriogonum, of the buckwheat family, native to southern and western North America.Compare umbrella plant (def. 2).

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Origin of eriogonum

<New Latin Eriogonum genus name, equivalent to Greek erio- (combining form of érion wool) + -gonum<Greek -gonon, neuter of -gonos, -kneed, -jointed, adj. derivative of gónu knee; so called because the jointed stems are covered with hair
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  • Eriogonum rhodanthum, a perennial which forms dense mats on hard rocky ground.

    The Lake of the Sky|George Wharton James
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