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The use of a genus-species notation gives more exact information. For example there are multiple species of chamomile: There is Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, or Chamomilla recutita) and Dyer's chamomile (Anthemis tinctora). The first two species are appraised for their medicinal properties and help to calm upset ...


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It looks like a "Spider lily" from the Hymenocallis genus. Here is a picture of Hymenocallis caribaea from wikipedia for comparison: There are however ~65 species in the genus (according to wikipedia), and I cannot say exactly what species you have.


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The Latin names are known in all countries. The "popular" names are only popular in one or maybe two languages/countries. So, learning the Latin names, enables you to communicate international more easily.


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It generally won't be more helpful. Not only will the names be different in different countries, there may be different types of the same species with different properties, or even different species with the same common name. If you have an allergy to something like coriander, being able to read the label and see what contains actual coriander and what ...


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So what's going on here? Personally speaking, I don't think the tomato is anything like the pomegranate. However, generally speaking the appearance of similar traits despite widely divergent ancestry is called Convergent Evolution. Some traits -- let's say round fruit and red coloring -- may be so advantageous that they evolved multiple different times ...


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It looks very similar to Cephalaria gigantea.


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I think it is a common stinging nettle, Urtica dioica. It is a native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and western North America and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. As commented by others, your geographical location would be helpful to obtain a more accurate identification. Like other stinging nettles, it is unpleasant to the touch, ...


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It looks a lot like Queen Anne's Lace, but yellow and with more slender leaves. I believe it's Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). It's in the Apiaceae family, which has a lot of edibles: carrots, parsley, fennel, anise, caraway, celery, chervil, cicely, cilantro, cumin, dill, parsnips and more. Black swallowtail butterflies lay their eggs on this, so often ...


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No, I don't think it looks like Heracleum sosnowskyi. To me, the plant in your pictures looks similar to Angelica sylvestris (which is common in Poland), but there are many species in Apiaceae with a similar apparence and I'm not familiar with all of them. Species in the Heracleum genus has leafs that are "lobed" and all leaflets aren't as separated as the ...


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I'd say it's an imposter, but depending on the stage of it's life cycle, characteristics may differ. The following webpage lists identifying factors for giant hogweed, as well as some plants that may be mistaken for it (but of course, they aren't). The lack of purple splotches and white hairs around the stalk bases, and leaves are signaling to me that this ...


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It's a nettle (genus Urtica). The one on your photo really looks like the one I'm used to see in France: Urtica dioica. I read in herbal lore books that the sting of the nettle could be appeased by rubbing it with Plantago leafs. But that might just be placebo effect. See also this section of the wikipedia page.



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