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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

Bipinnate - Twice-pinnate.

Rachis - The axis of a pinnately compound leaf.

Vein - A rib of tissue, usually in a leaf.

Serrate - Toothed like a saw.

Stellate - Star shaped, said of certain branched hairs.

Bract - A reduced or modified leaf occurring at the base of a flower or group of flowers. Bracts are sometimes arranged in rows, like shingles on a roof, usually closely cupping the blossoms of Asteraceae (Sunflower Family); cf. Phyllary. Sometimes brightly colored or petallike, as in Castilleja spp. (paintbrush), or threadlike, as in Daucus carota (Queen Anne's Lace). ...

Inflorescence - A group of flowers and associated plant parts.

Superior ovary - An ovary situated above the origin of sepals and petals.

Scorpioid - Curled, like the tail of a scorpion.

Perennial - A plant or plant species with a normal life cycle exceeding two years.

Tap - The main, central root of a plant.

Spatulate - Paddle, or spoon shaped, broad at the tip and narrowed towards the base.

Nectar - A sweet fluid produced in flowers.

Wing - A thin extension of a plant part, as of a branch or dry fruit.

Apiculate - Ending abruptly with a sharp, flexible tip.