nMertensiaa genus of herbs belonging to the family Boraginaceae that grow in temperate regions and have blue or purple flowers shaped like funnels
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
nmertensiaA genus of boraginaceous plants of the tribe Borageæ and the subtribe Lithospermeœ, characterized by having bractless or very slightly bracted flower-clusters, an almost naked corolla of bell-funnel shape, and obliquely attached nutlets. There are about 15 species, natives of eastern Europe, extratropical Asia, and North America. They are perennial herbs, with alternate entire leaves and handsome blue or purplish flowers in corymbs composed of loose raceme-like clusters. The plants are called smooth lungwort. M. Virginiea, the Virginian cowslip or lungwort, is a fine spring wild flower of the eastern United States, also in gardens. M. marilima. the sea-lungwort, with smaller flowers, is a sea-coast plant of both hemispheres in northern latitudes, also called sea-bugloss, and locally oyster-plant. See lungwort, 2.
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"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin