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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
Vein - A rib of tissue, usually in a leaf.
Florets - Small or reduced flowers.
Dioecious - With male and female reproductive structures on separate plants.
Receptacle - End of stem to which flowers are attached. lFig. 1)
Special Value to Bumble Bees - Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of bumble bees.
Grass/Grass-like - Having narrow leaves, usually arising from the base of the plant.
Herb - A plant species lacking woody tissue when mature.
Spike - Flowers are attached directly to the main stem; no pedicels are present. The youngest flowers or buds are at the top. Spp. Abbreviation for plural of "species."
Stigma - The tip of the pistil, which receives the pollen; may be rounded, lobed, or branched
Fern - Any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants (pteridophytes) having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores.
Elliptic - Shaped like an ellipse, resembling a flattened circle.
Pith - The spongy tissue in the center of a stem.
Caryopsis - A dry, one-seeded fruit (achene) with ovary wall united to the seed coat, characteristic of grasses.
Filament - Stalk of stamen; bears the anther.
Pendulous - Suspended, hanging.