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Monotropa has it's own flora. Some may have been introduced by travelers from Earth. Where the author has directly stated the correspondences, they are stated as true.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis (Abeille's mother) might be named after plants of the genus Hippeastrum, which are sold as Amaryllis[1].

Hippeastrum correiense
Amaryllis - Hippeastrum correiense


She might be named after plants of the genus Amaryllis, instead. Amaryllis belladona, known as Naked ladies, and as Belladona lily[2].

Amayrllis belladona
Naked ladies - Amaryllis belladona


Amaryllis is also the name of a family (Amaryllidaceae[3]), in a plant taxonomy. The family includes Daffodils (Narcissus), African Lily (Agapanthus) and Onions (Allium).

Narcissus papyraceus
Paperwhite (a Daffodil) - Narcissus papyraceus
Agapanthus africanus
African lily - Agapanthus africanus
Allium aflatunense
Onion - Allium aflatunense


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Aster

Aster is possibly named after flowering plants of the genus Aster.

Aster amellus
Aster - Aster amellus
Aster alpinus
Aster - Aster alpinus


There are also plants called Aster that have been reclassified.

Symphyotrichum dumosum
Aster dumosus Symphyotrichum dumosum


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Birch

Birch is possibly named after trees of the genus Betula.

Betula papyrifera
Paper birch - Betula papyrifera


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Camellia

Tsubaki might be named after a Camellia flower.

Camellia japonica
Tsubaki - Camellia japonica


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Cedar

Cedar might be named after a Cedar tree.

Cedrus deodara
Himalayan cedar - Cedrus deodara
Cedrus libani
Lebanon cedar - Cedrus libani
Chamaecyparis thyoides
Atlantic white cedar - Chamaecyparis thyoides
Cupressus sempervirens
Iranian cedar - Cupressus sempervirens


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Chestnut

Gardeners appear to be picking chestnuts starting on Chapter 19 Pg.23.

American chestnut trees were mostly wiped out by a blight in the early 20th century.

Castanea dentata
American chestnut - Castanea dentata


Castanea sativa
European chestnut - Castanea sativa


Chestnut trees have male and female flowers. In the picture below, 3 female flowers, in the center, are surrounded by male flowers.

Chestnut flowers
Chestnut flowers - Castanea sativa


Chestnut fruit
Chestnut fruit - Castanea sativa


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Cloudberries

Ivy mentions an incident in which Abeille's parents had sent her live Cloudberries, which died (early on, we often see dead plants in Abeille's dwelling, which is ironic since she has traveled to Monotropa to grow a garden and she meets a falls for a Botanist) Chapter 2 Pg.5.

Rubus chamaemorus
Cloudberries - Rubus chamaemorus


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Clove

Clove is probably named after the Clove plant, since he is portrayed with one, among the bonus content in Volume 1.

Syzygium aromaticum
Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum
Syzygium aromaticum
Cloves - Syzygium aromaticum


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Cordia

Cordia might be named after a fruit that is found in Indian pickle.

Gunda pickle
Gunda pickle - Cordia dichotoma


Cordia dichotoma has some charming names:

Fragrant manjack
Pink pearl
Glue berry
Indian cherry

Other, Cordia include:

Cordia boissieri
Anacahuita - Cordia boisseieri
Cordia myxa
Assyrian plum - Cordia myxa
Cordia subcordata
Sea trumpet - Cordia subcordata
Cordia sebestena
Geiger tree - Cordia sebestena
Cordia lutea
Yellow cordia - Cordia lutea


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Coriander

Coriander might be named after Coriandrum sativum.

Coriandrum sativum
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum


Coriander is also called Cilantro.

Coriandrum sativum
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
Coriandrum sativum
Coriander roots - Coriandrum sativum
Coriandrum sativum
Coriander seeds - Coriandrum sativum


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Daisy

Daisy might be named after the flowering plant Bellis perennis.

Bellis perennis
Daisy - Bellis perennis


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Eyebright

Eyebright industries, the company that Abeille and many other characters are employed by, might be named after the herb Eyebright.

Euphrasia rostkoviana
Eyebright - Euphrasia rostkoviana


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Fern

Fern might be named after a fern...

Polypodiopsida
Fern - Polypodiopsida


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Hellebore

Poppy travelled to Monotropa, from the planet Hellebores. The name might be associated with flowering plants in the genus Helleborus.

Helleborus orientalis
Hellebore - Helleborus orientalis
Helleborus niger
Hellebore - Helleborus niger
Helleborus viridis
Hellebore - Helleborus viridis


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Holly

Holly might be named after plants of the genus Ilex.

Ilex aquifolium
Holly - Ilex aquifolium


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Ivy

Ivy might be named after plants of the genus Hedera.

Hedera helix
Ivy - Hedera helix


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Jasmine

Jasmine might be named after plants of the genus Jasaminum.

Jasminum sambac
Jasmine - Jasminum sambac


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Laurel

Laurel might be named after Bay Laurel.

Laurus nobilis
Bay laurel - Laurus nobilis


Bay leaves are used as food ingredients and are burned for their fragrance. 

A Laurel wreath has been used as symbol of victory.

Laurel wreath
Laurel wreath


Kalmia latifolia is commonly called Mountain laurel.

Kalmia latifolia
Mountain laurel - Kalmia latifolia


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Lace flower

A love not found reader appeared in a cameo: Layce. A reader suggested naming the character after Lace flower[4], or Queen Anne's lace:

Daucus carota
Queen Anne's lace - Daucus carota.


Daucus carota (underside)
Queen Anne's lace (underside) - Daucus carota.


Daucus carota (seed head)
Queen Anne's lace (seed head) - Daucus carota.


Another "Lace flower" is False Queen Anne's lace:

Ammi majus
False Queen Anne's lace - Ammi majus.


A hanakotoba (flower words) is "pretty heart".

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Lilac

A children's play takes place at Lilac elementary school. Lilac might refer to the flowering plant Syringa vulgaris.

Syringa vulgaris
Lilac - Syringa vulgaris.


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Mallow

Mallow might be named after plants of the genus Malva, such as Malva parviflora, a tenacious plant that can be found growing in vacant lots and through cracks in concrete.

Syringa vulgaris
Mallow - Syringa vulgaris
Syringa vulgaris
Mallow - Syringa vulgaris


The color Mauve, might be named after the color of the flower of some Mallow species[5]:

Mauve
Mauve


Another plant associated with Mallow might be Marshmallow.

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Marigold

Marigold might be named after plants of the genus Calendula.

Calendula officinalis
Marigold - Calendula officinalis


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Marshmallow

Mallow might be named after Marshmallow.

Marshmallow is the original ingredient which the food Marshmallow was made from.

Marshmallow root extract is also applied to human hair to remove tangles and matted curly hair. Mallow doesn't appear to know about this treatment.

Anthaea officinallis
Marshmallow - Anthaea officinallis
Anthaea officinallis
Marshmallow (flower) - Anthaea officinallis


Another plant which could be associated with Mallow is Mallow.

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Monotropa uniflora

Perhaps the single most significant plant reference, in the story, is Monotropa uniflora as the author states the planet Monotropa is named after the flower. Miel gives Abeille a live plant of the species, as a gift.

It is noted, in the story, that this is an extraordinary gift to give, since it is extremely difficult to transplant. Abeille's dwelling is also filled with dead plants at the time, which combined with the fact that she has traveled to Monotropa to honor her dead sister by planting a garden, makes the act more significant.

Monotropa uniflora
Ghost plant - Monotropa uniflora
Monotropa uniflora
Ghost plant - Monotropa uniflora
Monotropa uniflora
Ghost plant - Monotropa uniflora


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Narcissus jonquilla

Aster gives Ivy Daffodils, as a gift. She, a horticulturalist, notes the "scientific name" Narcissus jonquilla.

Narcissus jonquilla
Daffodil - Narcissus jonquilla


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Olive

Olive might be named after the plant species Olea europaea

Olea europaea
Olive flower - Olea europaea
Olea europaea
Olive fruit - Olea europaea
Olea europaea
Olive tree - Olea europaea


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Pasque flower

Abeille was born on the planet Pasque. The name might relate to Pasque flowers.

Anemone pulsatilla
Pasque flower - Anemone pulsatilla


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Pear

Apios is Greek for "Pear". Maybe it's his figure, or one he dreams of having, or one Olive, his wife, sees.

"Pear" possibly refers to the fruit of trees of the genus Pyrus, in a plant taxonomy. Pyrus communis (European pear), for example.

Pear flower
Pear flower
Pear flower
Pear flower
Pear tree
Pear tree
Pear tree
Pear tree


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Peony

Botan is named after flowers of plants in the genus Paeonia.

Paeonia suffruticosa
Peony - Paeonia suffruticosa


Paeonia lactiflora
Peony - Paeonia lactiflora


Botan's sister Tsubaki, and he, are named after flowers that might be thought to look similar.

Paeonia suffruticosa
Peony - Paeonia suffruticosa


Tsubaki is named after a Camellia flower.

A flower meaning of Peony is "bravery"[6]. The author cited a Japanese folktale The princess Peony as an example of a flower meaning (hanakotoba) of Peony flowers, in Japan.

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Petunia

Petunia might be named after plants of the genus Petunia.

Petunia
Petunia


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Poppy

Poppy might be named after plants in the subfamily Papaveroideae.

Papaver rhoeas
Corn poppy - Papaver rhoeas
Poppy field
Poppy field


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Sunflower

A significant moment in the relationship between Abeille and Miel, is when Miel is working on adapting earth species to Monotropa by grafting Sunflowers onto Monotropian plants and Abeille asks him about it. There is a lot more to it than that. But, the Sunflower comes to be symbolic of Miel, from that moment.

The sunflower might be Helianthus annuus.

Helianthus annuus
Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus


The grafted plants on the cover of chapter 4 show the flower faces.

Helianthus annuus
Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus
Helianthus annuus
Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus


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Thistle

Thistle might be named after plants in the genus Cirsium.

Cirsium vulgare
Cirsium vulgare


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Tulip

Tulip might be named after plants in the genus Tulipa.

Tulip field
Tulip field


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Verbena

Verbena might be named after plants in the genus Verbena.

Verbena strict
Hoary verbena - Verbena stricta


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Yew

Evette might be named after Taxus baccata, the European Yew.

Evette is a feminine form of the name Yves, which means Yew.

Taxus baccata
European Yew - Taxus baccatta
Taxus baccata
European Yew - Taxus baccatta
Taxus baccata
European Yew (fruit) - Taxus baccatta


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Flower meanings

Flower meanings are probably a difficult thing to determine. Flowers are given meaning by where they are found. In mythology a flower's meaning might be partially tied to the story they appear in. There might be references within references to what meaning a flower was given and what meaning a reference to that reference had.

Like other symbols, symbolism has a use and the symbol is as valuable as the use it is put to. Love not found surely has it's own flower meanings and those are more important than what a list of meanings might offer.

Some collections of flower meanings are:


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References

  1. Hippeastrum indicates that Hippeastrum are sold as Amaryllis.
  2. Amaryllis describes the genus and Amaryllis belladonna. Naked lady gives the alternate name "Naked ladies", that I find used in gardening supply stores.
  3. Amaryllidaceae describes the family and that Daffodils, African Lilies and Onions are included.
  4. Laceflower attributes this name to several plants.
  5. Mauve makes this claim
  6. Hanakotoba
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