Jen-shia-na'se-e. L. Gentian-a + aceae, fr. Gr.

58 Gentianaceae Gentian Family 645

- i. e., after

Gentius, King of Illyria, who first discovered and experienced its virtues. Herbs, shrubs. Distinguished by being smooth, with bitter principles; leaves exstipulate, entire, glabrous, sessile; flowers regular, 5's, sometimes 4, 6, 8, 10; ovary 1-celled; fruit capsule, 1-2-celled, 2-valved; seeds many; universal; tonic, febrifuge, stomachic. Genus: 1. Gentiana.