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Cupressus sempervirens L.
(Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum, 1st ed., p. 1002 of Ray Society 1957 facsimile)


original Latin description
Cupressus foliis imbricatis, frondibus quadrangulis.

Translation
Cupressus with leaves imbricate [and] branchlets quadrangular.



Translation with commentary
Cupressus Cupressus
leaves foliis - ablative plural of second declension neuter noun folium, -i
imbricate imbricatis - ablative plural neuter of group A adjective imbricatis, -a, -um; modifies foliis
[and] [added for smoother reading]
branchlets frondibus. - ablative plural of third declension feminine noun frons, frondis
quadrangular. quadrangulis - ablative plural feminine of group A adjective quadrangulus, -a, -um; modifies frondibus


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