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Delphinium ceratophorum
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From Ancient Greek δελφίς (delphís, dolphin) because of their flower shape, thought to resemble a back of a dolphin. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).[1][2]

Proper noun[edit]

Delphinium n

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Ranunculaceae – a few hundred species of annual, biennial or perennial flowering plants, including popular garden plants, such as delphinium.


  1. ^ Erhardt, Walter & Götz, Erich & Bödeker, Nils & Seybold, Siegmund, Zander. Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen. Dictionary of plant names. Dictionnaire des noms de plantes, Ulmer, 2000.
  2. ^ Hyam, Roger & Pankhurst, Richard, Plants and their Names. A Concise Dictionary, Oxford University Press, US, 1995.