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Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.
15 Random Botanical Terms
Obovate - Inversely ovate, with the narrower end of the leaf blade toward the branch.
Alternate - Placed singly at different heights on the stem; not opposite or whorled.
Node - The place on a stem where leaves or branches normally originate; a swollen or knoblike structure.
Appressed - Pressed or lying flat against something.
Toothed - Said of petals or leaves having margins more or less sharply indented.
Androecium - Collective term for the stamens of one flower.
Denticulate - Finely toothed.
Zygote - A reproductive cell formed by the fusion of two gametes.
Tripinnate - A bipinnate leaf whose pinnae are divided into a third set of leaflets.
Rosette - An arrangement of leaves radiating from the stem at a nearly common level, frequently at or just above the ground line.
Part Shade - Part shade is classified as a garden receiving 4-6 hours of sun with dappled shade from trees or as approximately 4 hours of sun with shade either in the morning or afternoon. Part shade and part sun are used interchangeably by the horticulture industry.
Halophyte - A plant which tolerates a salty environment.
Leaflet - A division or part of a compound leaf.
Perianth - Collective term for petals and sepals (corolla and calyx).
Subshrub - Shorter than a shrub, often weakly woody and persisting for only a few years.