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Genera named after Greek mythological figures

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    Centaurea

    Knapweed

    Centaurea is a genus named after the Κένταυροι, the half-human, half-horse creatures.

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    Artemisia

    Mugworts

    The Artemisia genus is named after Ἄρτεμις, the Greek hunting-godess equivalent to the Roman Diana.

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    Narcissus

    Narcissus

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    Iris

    Iris

    This genus is named after the rainbow goddess Ἶρις, who linked the gods and humans, heaven and earth.

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    Ambrosia

    Bursage

    This genus name comes from the ἀμβροσία which the olympian gods fed on and was said to confer immortality, no doubt because of the tenacity of these plants when they occur as weeds.

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    Achillea

    Milfoil

    This genus is named after Ἀχιλλεύς, the Greek hero of the Trojan war. According to Homer, his soldiers used plants belonging to this genus to heal wounds.

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    Posidonia

    Posidonia

    This genus of seaweed is named after Poseidon, the god of the seas.

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    Athene

    Burrowing Owls

    These owls are named after Ἀθηνᾶ, the Greek goddess of wisdom, warfare, and crafts, one of the twelve olympians. Ἀθηνᾶ was often depicted with an owl sitting on one of her shoulders.

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    Selene

    Moonfishes

    Selene is a genus of fishes. It is named after Σελήνη, the Titan of the moon.

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    Zeus

    Zeus is a genus of marine fishes named after Ζεύς, the king of the Greek gods and one of the twelve olympians.

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    Atropa

    Deadly Nightshade

    This poisonous genus is named after one of the Fates, Ἄτροπος, the inexorable cutter of the thread of life.

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    Aphrodita

    The seamouse, a polychaete worm, is named after Ἀφροδίτη, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, one of the twelve olympians.

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    Zeus

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    Hyperion

    Hyperion is a genus of ground beetles. It is named after Ὑπερίων, the Titan of light and of the East.

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    Ophion group

    Ophion is a genus of parasitoid wasps. It is named after Ὀφίων, the first of the Titan gods to rule the world.

  • Mnemosyne

    Mnemosyne is a genus of cixid planthoppers. It is named after Mνημοσύνη, the Titan of memory and remembrance.

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    Hyacinth

    Hyacinths are named after Ὑάκινθος, the youth who was loved by both Apollo and Zephyr, was killed by the latter-who was jealous- and transformed into a flower by the former.

  • Poseidon

    Poseidon is a genus of nemertean worms. It is named after Ποσειδῶν, the god of the sea and earthquakes, one of the twelve olympians.