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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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Bud - A small cell-mass in the process of dividing from a stem to form a flower, leaf or another stem.

Superior ovary - An ovary situated above the origin of sepals and petals.

Unisexual - A flower that possesses either stamens or carpels but not both.

Samara - A dry, winged, one-seeded fruit.

Retuse - Having a rounded apex with a central depression.

Caryopsis - A dry, one-seeded fruit (achene) with ovary wall united to the seed coat, characteristic of grasses.

Caudate - Tapering gradually into a long taillike tip

Oval - Having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.

FACW* - Faculative Wetland - Hydrophyte. Usually occurs in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands. Occurs only in the South Pacific Islands subregion.

Taproot - A single main root that grows vertically into the ground.

Rosette - An arrangement of leaves radiating from the stem at a nearly common level, frequently at or just above the ground line.

Attenuate - A tapering leaf base with concave margins that form an angle less than 45 degrees.

Legume - Any of a large group of plants in the pea family (Fabaceae).

Dentate - Sharply toothed, with the teeth pointing straight out from the margin.

Laciniate - Fringed or having edges irregularly and finely slashed.

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