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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
Apiculate - Ending abruptly with a sharp, flexible tip.
Imperfect flower - A flower bearing either stamens or pistils, but not both.
Glabrous - Smooth; hairless.
Leafless - Without leaves.
Supports Conservation Biological Control - A plant that attracts predatory or parasitoid insects that prey upon pest insects.
Fibrous - Network of fine roots with no central dominant root.
Stigma - The tip of the pistil, which receives the pollen; may be rounded, lobed, or branched
Parallel venation - Main veins running from base to apex of leaf.
Bristly - Having stiff, rigid, rather thick hairs on the surface of stems or leaves.
AGCP - Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain - NWPL Region
Tepals - Collective term for sepals and petals when sepals are petal-like, as in Cooperia pedunculata (rain lily).
Toothed - Said of petals or leaves having margins more or less sharply indented.
Sessile - Lacking a stalk of any kind: a flower without a pedicel or a leaf without a petiole.
Annual - A species that grows from seed, flowers, fruits and dies within one year's time. See also, Winter Annual.
Proximal - Toward the base of a plant or the point of attachment of a plant part. Cf, Distal.