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BOTANICAL GLOSSARY

Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.

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Decumbent - Lying on the ground but having an ascending tip.

Venation - The arrangement of veins within a leaf.

Branchlet - A small branch.

Supports Conservation Biological Control - A plant that attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects.

Endemic - Occurring naturally only in a single geographic area.

Emarginate - Having a shallow notch at the tip.

Caudate - Tapering gradually into a long taillike tip

UPL* - Upland - Nonhydrophyte. Almost never occurs in wetlands. Occurs only in the South Pacific Islands subregion.

Pappus - The calyx modifications found on many species of Asteraceae (Sunflower Family), commonly appearing as hairs, bristles, or scales, and usually persisting on the fruit.

Ovary - The basal part of the pistil, bearing the ovules, which later develop into seeds. See also Inferior ovary; Superior ovary.

Anemophilous - Wind pollinated.

Acute - Pointed apex with margins that form an angle between 45 and 90 degrees.

Bract - A reduced or modified leaf occurring at the base of a flower or group of flowers. Bracts are sometimes arranged in rows, like shingles on a roof, usually closely cupping the blossoms of Asteraceae (Sunflower Family); cf. Phyllary. Sometimes brightly colored or petallike, as in Castilleja spp. (paintbrush), or threadlike, as in Daucus carota (Queen Anne's Lace). ...

Pendulous - Suspended, hanging.

Drupe - Fruit with exocarp or skin, fleshy mesocarp and hardened endocarp with seed inside.

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