squill

For the town, see Scilla, Italy. For the given name, see Priscilla. For the mythological monster, see Scylla.
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Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Hyacinthaceae
Genus:Scilla
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Species


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Scilla (squill) is a genus of bulb-forming perennial herbs in the Hyacinthaceae. The 90-odd species are found in woodlands, subalpine meadows, and seashores across the Old World. Their flowers are usually blue, but white, pink, and purple types are known; most flower in early spring, but a few are autumn-flowering.

Several African species previously classified in Scilla have been removed to the genus Ledebouria. The best known of these is the common houseplant still sometimes known as Scilla violacea but now properly Ledebouria socialis.

Species include: Scilla peruviana is of interest for its name; it is a native of southwest Europe, not of Peru. The name results from when Carolus Linnaeus described the species in 1753; he was given specimens imported from Spain aboard a ship named Peru, and was misled into thinking the specimens had come from that country. The rules of botanical naming do not allow a scientific name to be changed merely because it is potentially confusing.

Cultivation and uses

Many species, notably S. siberica, are grown in gardens for their attractive early spring flowers.

Squill liquid extract, a preparation of powdered squill and ethanol, is used as an ingredient in cough medicines and cardiac surgery.

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Country Italy
Region Calabria
Province Reggio Calabria (RC)
Mayor Gaetano Ciccone (since May 14, 2001)

Area km
Population
 - Total (as of December 31, 2004)
 - Density /km

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Priscilla is an English female given name derived from the Latin priscus (old). One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.

It appears in the New Testament variously as Priscilla and Prisca.
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Scylla, or Skylla (Greek: Σκύλλα) was one of the many monsters in Greek mythology (one other being Charybdis) that live on either side of a narrow channel of water.
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Scientific classification or biological classification is a method by which biologists group and categorize species of organisms. Scientific classification also can be called scientific taxonomy, but should be distinguished from folk taxonomy, which lacks scientific basis.
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Plantae
Haeckel, 1866[1]

Divisions

Green algae
  • Chlorophyta
  • Charophyta
Land plants (embryophytes)
  • Non-vascular land plants (bryophytes)

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Magnoliophyta

Classes

Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Liliopsida - Monocots

The flowering plants or angiosperms are the most widespread group of land plants. The flowering plants and the gymnosperms comprise the two extant groups of seed plants.
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Liliopsida is a botanical name for the class containing the family Liliaceae (or Lily Family). It is considered synonymous (or nearly synonymous) with the name monocotyledon. Publication of the name is credited to Scopoli (in 1760): see author citation (botany).
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Asparagales
Bromhead

families
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Asparagales is an order of flowering plants. The order must include the family Asparagaceae, but other families included in the order have varied markedly between different classifications.
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Hyacinthaceae
Batsch ex Borkh. (1797)

Genera
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Hyacinthaceae is the botanical name of a family of flowering plants. The plants are herbaceous perennials that grow from bulbs, and include several popular spring-blooming garden plants,
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Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linné)

Carl von Linné, Alexander Roslin, 1775. Currently owned by and hanging at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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genus (plural: genera) is part of the Latinized name for an organism. It is a name which reflects the classification of the organism by grouping it with other closely similar organisms.
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A bulb is an underground vertical shoot that has modified leaves (or thickened leaf bases) that are used as food storage organs by a dormant plant.

A bulb's leaf bases generally do not support leaves, but contain food reserves to enable the plant to survive adverse
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Hyacinthaceae
Batsch ex Borkh. (1797)

Genera
See text.

Hyacinthaceae is the botanical name of a family of flowering plants. The plants are herbaceous perennials that grow from bulbs, and include several popular spring-blooming garden plants,
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Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30,221,532 km² (11,668,545 sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area, and 20.4% of the total land area.
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Ledebouria

Silver Squill, Ledebouria socialis


Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Division: Magnoliophyta

Class: Liliopsida
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S. buekkensis

Binomial name
Scilla buekkensis
Speta

Scilla buekkensis (syn. Scilla drunensis subsp.
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Scilla hyacinthoides is a geophyte, belonging to the Liliaceae family. It is native to the Middle East, though it was also brought to France by the Turks. Currently this plant is in the process of domestication as a cut flower in Israel due to its inflorescenses.
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U. maritima

Binomial name
Urginea maritima
(L.) Baker

The plant Urginea maritima (syn.
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S. peruviana

Binomial name
Scilla peruviana
L.

Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana) is a species of Scilla
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S. peruviana

Binomial name
Scilla peruviana
L.

Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana) is a species of Scilla
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S. peruviana

Binomial name
Scilla peruviana
L.

Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana) is a species of Scilla
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S. peruviana

Binomial name
Scilla peruviana
L.

Portuguese Squill (Scilla peruviana) is a species of Scilla
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S. siberica

Binomial name
Scilla siberica
Haw.

Siberian squill (Scilla siberica), also known as the wood squill or spring beauty
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S. siberica

Binomial name
Scilla siberica
Haw.

Siberian squill (Scilla siberica), also known as the wood squill or spring beauty
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Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea,
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Anthem
Somos libres, seámoslo siempre   (Spanish)
"We are free, may we always be so"
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Carolus Linnaeus (Carl von Linné)

Carl von Linné, Alexander Roslin, 1775. Currently owned by and hanging at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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Motto
"Plus Ultra"   (Latin)
"Further Beyond"
Anthem
"Marcha Real" 1
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