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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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15 Random Botanical Terms

Compound leaf - A leaf that is completely separated into two or more leaflets.

Catkin - A spikelike flower cluster that bears scaly bracts and petalless, unisexual flowers.

Capsule - A dry fruit that splits open along three or more lines.

Caudate - Tapering gradually into a long taillike tip

Vine - Plants that climb by twining, tendrils, or clinging.

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

Bulb - A thick, rounded, underground organ consisting of layered, fleshy leaves and membranes.

Palmate - Divided or radiating from one point, resembling a hand with the fingers spread. Leaves may be palmately compound and/or palmately lobed; they may also have palmate venation.

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

Simple - Not divided into parts, e.g., a leaf with the blade in one piece.

Axillary - Growing from an axil.

Sap - Watery fluid that circulates through a plant carrying sugars, minerals and nutrients.

Apex - The topmost or distal portion of a plant or plant part.

Petiole - A leaf stem.

Genus - A group of related species classified within a family.

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