Many plants take their names from the shape of their leaves or different objects.
In Moonriver Lodge we have some examples to share
a) From Greek source words:
– Orchid for “a testicle” with reference to its bulbous roots.
– Antirrhinum for a nose – Hydrangea for a water vessel
b) From Latin source words:
– Palm for the palm of the hand
c) From the colour of the flower:
– Carnation for “flesh-coloured” in French
– Chrysanthemum for “golden” in Greek – Iris for “all colours of the rainbow” in Greek
(Source: What’s In A Word? By John Kane)