One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: †(in the system of A. P. de Candolle): belonging to the former group Achlamydeae, comprising plants having flowers without a calyx or corolla, including willow, euphorbia, etc. (obsolete). Later: (more generally) lacking a perianth.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist. From scientific Latin Achlamydeae, group name (from ancient Greek ἀ- + χλαμύδ-, χλαμύς + scientific Latin -eae: see -eous) + -ous.
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