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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
Cordate - Heart-shaped, with the point at the apex.
Endemic - Occurring naturally only in a single geographic area.
Lobe - Part or segment of a flower or leaf; a deep indentation that does not break the continuity of the structure.
Wing - A thin extension of a plant part, as of a branch or dry fruit.
Pinnae - (Pinna, sing.) A division of a pinnately compound leaf.
Deltoid - Triangular.
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.
Midrib - The main or central rib or vein of a leaf.
Corolla - The petals collectively; usually colored or showy. These may be distinct or united to form a cup, trumpet, tube, or two-lipped body.
Rosette - An arrangement of leaves radiating from the stem at a nearly common level, frequently at or just above the ground line.
Toothed - Said of petals or leaves having margins more or less sharply indented.
Oblique - Leaf shows asymmetry at the base.
Sagittate - Shaped like an arrowhead.
Reniform - Kidney-shaped.
Native - A plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular region without direct or indirect human intervention.