Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.
Calyx - The sepals taken collectively. These may be distinct, or joined to form a cup or tube; they may be of any color but are usually green. When the calyx is present, it encloses the other parts of the flower in bud.
Twig - A small branch.
Dentate - Sharply toothed, with the teeth pointing straight out from the margin.
Spatulate - Paddle, or spoon shaped, broad at the tip and narrowed towards the base.
Rachis - The axis of a pinnately compound leaf.
Raceme - An inflorescence in which each flower is attached to the main stalk by a short stem (pedicel). The youngest flowers, at the tip, may continue to develop while those below are forming fruit.
EMP - Eastern Mountains and Piedmont - NWPL Region
Xylem - Water-conducting tissue of vascular plants.
Acaulescent - Without a distinct stem.
Reniform - Kidney-shaped.