Mythology PLZ Help.!!

I need greek mythological allusions t plant and animals for examplre arachnid comes from arachne and venus fly trap to venus. Any would be apreciated but i mostly need Greek myhtology.

Thx for the people who helped me so far but i need 7 more allusions.

So far i have Narcissus flower,Arachnid, Python,Heliotrope,Frankincense,Lotus,
Laurel tree,Venus fly trap. Plz help me i need 7 more allusions and i have about 2 hours left to do this.

http://www.livethemyth.com/glossary1.html

from the South Texas Unit of The Herb Society of America...

Centaury - Erythraea centaurium - Gentian or Feverwort-A red flowering herb which is named after the Greek centaur, Chiron (Kirun). Centaurs were half-man and half-horse. Chiron was a great teacher of the gods and was skilled in medicinal herbs. Hercules shot him by mistake with a poison arrow and he cured himself with centaury plant. Jupiter decided he was too powerful and sent him to heaven where he is the constellation Sagittarius. Centaury is used as an antiseptic, astringent and a dye to use on wounds and is a vermifuge.

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Dog's Mercury - Mercurialis perennis (Euphoriaceae) - Disagreeable odor, extremely acrid and poisonous to animals. Its name is derived from Mercury, god of skill and dexterity. He revealed it medicinal virtues. It is used externally to remove warts, and is used in skin diseases. It produces a blue dye.

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Elecampane - Inula helenium - Wild yellow flower, much like a sunflower -The Ancient writers mention Inula as affording a root used both as a medicine and a condiment. The origin of the name helenium probably came from Helen of Troy. She had a large arm full of these flowers when Paris stole her from her husband Menelaus that started the Trojan War that lasted ten years. When Paris was killed Helen returned to Menelaus and through difficulty they returned to Sparta where they lived happily ever after. Elecampane is used medicinally and the roots can be candied and eaten as a sweet.

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Eyebright - Euphrasia officinalis - Euphrasia is of Greek origin meaning gladness. Named for one of the Three Graces, Euphrosyne who was distinguished for her joy and mirth. Eyebright is used as an astringent and a lotion for the eyes.

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Mints -

Spearmint- Mentha viridis

Peppermint-Mentha piperita

Pennyroyal-Mentha pulegium.

Mentha is derived from the mythological origin ascribed to it. Mentha was a nymph, because of her love for Pluto was turned into the plant mint by Persephone, Pluto’s wife. The Ancients scoured their tables with this herb when preparing for the gods. It is also a bee herb. The gods had fields of mint for bees to use to make honey. Mint is used for teas, and to flavor sweets and vegetables. Medicinally it is a stimulant, carmative and antispasmodic.

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Myrtle – Myrtus communis – The emblem of fertility and purity and therefore used in wedding bouquests. Minerva had a favorite virgin, Myrsine, and Minerva saved her by turning her into a myrtle bush. Venus also hid behind a myrtle when the satyrs were chasing her, Myrtle and roses were dedicated to Venus. Bacchus or Dioneyus went to Persephone, goddess of the underworld and offered myrtle to release his mother from death.

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Nightshade - Atropa belladonna -The devil himself, it has been said attends this plant. It is deadly poison, but is a valuable medicine. Its botanical name derives from one of the Three Fates, Atropos, who cut the thread of life, which pertains to its poison. Opthomologists use Atropine to dilate the eyes, and it is used as an antispasmodic.Bittersweet is also a nightshade.(Solanum dulmara)

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Lois Jean Howard

The Herb Society of America, South Texas Unit

Bibliography:

Cozart, Jean, Herbs in Greek Mythology, The Herbarist, 1979

Friend, Hilderic, Flower Lore

Grieve, M.. A Modern Herbal I-II,

Grimal, Pieire. The Dictionary of Classical Mythology

Grant, Michael. Bulfinch’s Mythology, Myths of the Greeks and Romans

Herzberg, Max. Myths and Their Meanings

Thx for the help much apreciated.

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