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Any of various herbaceous, root-parasitizing plants of the genus Agalinis, native to temperate regions of the Western Hemisphere, having large pink, purple, or white flowers with yellow markings in some species.

[New Latin Gerardia, former genus name, after John Gerard (1545-1612), English botanist.]
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(Plants) any plant of the genus Gerardia
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Noun1.gerardia - any plant of the genus Gerardiagerardia - any plant of the genus Gerardia  
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Gerardia - genus of annual or perennial herbs with showy pink or purple or yellow flowers; plants often assigned to genera Aureolaria or Agalinis
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Isolation of ecdysterone in large amounts from the zoanthid Gerardia savaglia.
Further carbon-dating measurements from layers deep inside the corals then revealed the oldest Gerardia samples to be 2742 years old, while the Leiopathes had been growing for a whopping 4265 years.
In 2006, the group reported that a sample of a Gerardia species, one of the gold corals prized for jewelry, had lived around 2,700 years.
Abundant forbs were Agalinis tenuifolia (slender gerardia), Aster oolentangiensis, Comandra umbellata (star toadflax), Conyza canadensis (horseweed), Eupborbia corollata (flowering spurge), Fragaria virginiana, Lechea leggettii (pinweed), Lupinus perennis (wild lupine), Phlox pilosa (prairie phlox), Potentilla simplex, Pleridium aquilinum, Rubus flagellaris, and Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod).
The two teamed up when the Weed Watchers mapped the Sayville Grasslands, which is home to sandplain gerardia, a plant on the Federal endangered species list.
The FMP also permitted harvest of two other species of precious coral from the Makapuu Bed; 600 kg of gold coral (Gerardia sp.) and 600 kg of bamboo coral (Lepidisis olapa).
On the coast of Africa, and especially off the Canary Islands, the community has a bathymetric distribution similar to that in the Mediterranean, although between 197-394 ft (60-120 m) depth there is a similar structural base, in which the dominant upright species are red madrepore Dendropyhyllia ramea, the black coral Antipathes wollastoni, and the zooantharian Gerardia savaglia.
They are Betula populifolia (gray birch), Carex scabrata, Corallorrhiza trifida (coral root), Gerardia pedicularia ambigens (clammy false foxglove), Hemicarpa drummondii, Hippuris vulgaris (mare's tail), Lechea stricta (bush pinweed), Lemna perpusilla (least duckweed), Linnaea borealis (twin flower), Lonicera canadensis (American fly honeysuckle), Oryzopsis pungens (short-horned rice grass), Panicum lucidum (bog panic grass), Psilocarya nitens (bald rush), Pyrola secunda (one-sided shinleaf), Scleria reticularis (netted nut rush), Shepherdia canadensis (russet buffaloberry), Trillium cernuum macranthum (nodding trillium), and Utricularia resu pinata (small purple bladderwort).