Plant of the week
Empetrum nigrum, commonly known as Black Crowberry, is a ground covering dwarf shrub with edible black fruits. The species was described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. The name is considered as validly published. The botanical name Empetrum is derived from Latin <empetros herba> and ancient Greek <émpetron>. Both words were used to describe plants that were used medicinally to treat bladder stones. Very often empetrum is quoted as being derived from <en petra> (on rocks, stones) but since the plants grow in marshes and moorlands this interpretation does not seem very sound. more...
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