Viridis – Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The name “Viridis” derives from the Latin term for “green,” “blooming,” and “vigorous,” the notion of “green life,” symbolizing the flourishing and growth of plants and vegetation.

Did you know that all of these critters share the name “viridis”?

Mangifera viridis or M. indica, commonly known asmango.





Chalcolestes viridis, formerly Lestes viridis, is a damselfly of the family Lestidae. It has a metallic green body and at rest it holds its wings away from its body. Its common name is the willow emerald damselfly, the green emerald.



Chondropython viridis – green tree python is a species of snake in the family Pythonidae. The species is native to New Guinea, some islands in Indonesia, and the Cape York Peninsula in Australia.



Mentha viridis– Spearmint, also known as garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint, is a species of mint endemic to Europe and southern temperate Asia, extending from Ireland in the west to southern China in the east.



Picus viridis – European green woodpecker is a large green woodpecker with a bright red crown and a black moustache. Males have a red centre to the moustache stripe which is absent in females. It is resident across much of Europe and the western Palearctic, in Spain and Portugal it is replaced by the similar Iberian green woodpecker (Picus sharpei).





Calycomelia viridis – Fraxinus americana, the white ash or American ash, is a species of ash tree endemic to eastern and central North America.




Nepenthes viridis is a tropical pitcher plant endemic to the Philippines.






Thea viridis – Camellia sinensis – tea plant, tea shrub, and tea tree is a species of evergreen shrub or small tree in the flowering plant family Theaceae. Its leaves and leaf buds are used to produce the popular beverage tea.



Crotalus viridis – is a venomous pit viper species native to the western United States, southwestern Canada, and northern Mexico. Currently, two subspecies are recognized, including the prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis), the nominate subspecies, and the Hopi rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis nuntius).



Perna viridis, known as the Asian green mussel, is an economically important mussel, a bivalve belonging to the family Mytilidae. It is harvested for food but is also known to harbor toxins and cause damage to aquatic ecosystems.



Terpsiphone viridis – The African paradise flycatcher is a medium-sized passerine bird. The two central tail feathers of the male are extended into streamers that commonly are more than twice as long as the body. The female tail feathers are of moderate length and without streamers. 



Bufo viridis – The European green toad is a species of toad found in steppes, mountainous areas, semi-deserts, urban areas and other habitats in mainland Europe, ranging from far eastern France and Denmark to the Balkans and Western Russia. 



Psychotria viridis, also known as chacrunachacrona, or chaqruy in the Quechua languages, is a perennial, shrubby flowering plant in the coffee family Rubiaceae.






Alnus viridis the green alder, widespread across much of Europe, Asia, and North America.






Dactylorhiza viridis – a genus of flowering plants in the orchid family Orchidaceae. It has long been considered to have only one species, Coeloglossum viride, the frog orchid.




Actinia viridis – or Anemonia sulcata –  Mediterranean snakelocks sea anemone, is a species of sea anemone in the family Actiniidae from the Mediterranean Sea. A. sulcata has a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae, which inhabit the tissues and provide energy for the sea anemone.


Lacerta viridis – The European green lizard is a large lizard distributed across European midlatitudes from Slovenia and eastern Austria to as far east as the Black Sea coasts of Ukraine and Turkey.



Amaranthus viridis – a cosmopolitan species in the botanical family Amaranthaceae and is commonly known as slender amaranth or green amaranth.






Hierodula viridis – is a genus of praying mantids in the tribe Hierodulini, found throughout Asia.




Trogon viridis – The green-backed trogon, also known as the Amazonian white-tailed trogon, is a bird in the trogon family Trogonidae. It is widely distributed across the Amazon rainforest.



Telophorus viridis –The gorgeous bushshrike is a species of bird in the family Malaconotidae. It is also known as the four-coloured bushshrike. Gorgeous bush-shrikes are seldom seen despite being a commonly occurring species, as they mostly dwell in densely vegetated woodlands in Angola, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Zambia.





Dendroaspis viridis – The western green mamba is a long, thin, and highly venomous snake that lives mainly in the coastal tropical rainforest, thicket, and woodland regions of western Africa.