Wynberg Hill - M3 Zonnestraal
A roadside verge on Wynberg Hill adjacent to Zonnestraal property. In 2015 it experienced a fire and was protected from mowing and over 100 plant species have been identified from the area.
From the Greek ‘anthe’ / ‘anthos’ meaning ‘flower ’; and the Greek ‘oides’ / ‘oides’ meaning ‘in the form of’.
From the Latin montanus = ‘relating to mountains’
For Werner de Lachenal (1736–1800), Swiss professor of botany and anatomy at the University of Basel from 1776, eminent for his knowledge of European plants. He obtained his PhD in 1763. He was a pupil of Haller, who was one of his main correspondents, providing him with details of flora and their location around Basel, the Jura mountains, Alsat and Bruntrutain. He was a friend of Linnaeus. He authored several monographs in Acta Helvetica. While at the university he substantially improved its botanical garden, the oldest in Switzerland, that had fallen into disrepair. He continually strived to obtain funds to reconstruct and develop the garden and to pay for its gardener. He opened the garden to the public to cover expenditures.
Derivation uncertain. Gk. thes = a hired labourer. An ancient name for a species of Linaria, toad flax, used by Pliny the Elder. Georg Christian Wittstein traces this to the legendary hero Theseus, who slew the Minotaur and to whom Ariadne gave a wreath in which this plant was woven.