Botanical Latin Translations

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


Latin description
Cupressus foliis imbricatis, frondibus quadrangulis.


Translation
Cupressus with imbricate leaves [and] quadrangular branchlets.



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