Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.
Annual - A species that grows from seed, flowers, fruits and dies within one year's time. See also, Winter Annual.
Cuneate - Leaf shape narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base.
Pistillate flower - A flower with pistils, but no stamens.
Pendulous - Suspended, hanging.
Drupe - Fruit with exocarp or skin, fleshy mesocarp and hardened endocarp with seed inside.
Axil - The upper angle between two structures or organs, as where a leaf or branch joins the stem.
Xylem - Water-conducting tissue of vascular plants.
Samara - A dry, winged, one-seeded fruit.
Shrub - A low growing, usually less than 15 feet, woody perennial plant without a central stem.
Mucronate - Leaf apex with short spiny tip.