Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.
Special Value to Native Bees - Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.
Apical - Situated at or near the tip.
Pinnate - Arranged along an axis. Leaves may be pinnately compound (see below) and/or pinnately lobed; they may also have pinnate venation, with veins extending from the midrib.
Perennial - A plant or plant species with a normal life cycle exceeding two years.
Tripinnate - A bipinnate leaf whose pinnae are divided into a third set of leaflets.
FAC - Faculative - Hydrophyte. Occurs in wetlands and non-wetlands.
Regular flower - A flower equal in size, form, and union of its similar parts; radially symmetrical. Example: Solanaceae (Potato Family).
Stamens - The male parts of the flower, carrying the pollen. usually in the center of the blossom and surrounding the pistil, if present. Filaments and anthers collectively.
Lobe - Part or segment of a flower or leaf; a deep indentation that does not break the continuity of the structure.
Phyllary - A term sometimes used for individual bracts below the head of flowers in Asteraceae (Sunflower Family), so designated to avoid confusion with bracts on the flower stem.