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Tip of the Week: Guess a plant's habitat preferences by its species name

Sometimes you can guess a plant's habitat preferences by decoding its Latin name

acraeus living on the heights

agrarius of fields

agrestis rural, rustic; of fields

alpestris growing just below the alpine zone

alpinus alpine, of high mountains

ammophilus sand-loving

amphibius amphibious, growing in water and on land

arvensis of fields

calcareus  chalky, of limestone

calcicola growing on limy soil

clivorum of slopes

collinus of hills

dumetorum of thickets and hedgerows

eremicus of deserts

fluminalis of rivers

fontanus; fontinalis growing in or by springs

frigidus cold; growing in cold locations

glacialis glacial, from cold places

glareosus of gravel

hortensis of gardens

hylaeus of woods

insularis of islands

lacustris of lakes

limosus of marshes

lithophilus stone-loving, growing in stony places

littoralis pertaining to the seashore

maritimus coastal, found near the sea

montanus of mountains

muralis of walls, growing on walls

nemorosus  growing in woods

nesophilus island-loving

niphophilus snow-loving

oreophilus mountain-loving

paludosus marshy

palustris of marshes

petraeus growing among rocks

petrophilus rock-loving

pratensis of meadows

riparius of riverbanks

rupestris growing among rocks

rusticanus, rusticus rural, of the country

salinus salty, growing in salty locations

saxatilis, saxosus stony, found among rocks

scopulorum of rocks, cliffs or crags

siliceus growing in sand

spelunca a cave; growing in caves

subalpinus growing below the timber line

sylvaticus, sylvestris of woods

tectorum  of roofs

uliginosus marshy, growing in wet places

umbrosus growing in shade

urbanus, urbium urban, of towns

vulcanicus of volcanoes, growing in volcanic soil

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