Glossary of commonly used botanical terms and their definitions. Use the search bar below to look up a botanical term.
Denticulate - Finely toothed.
Unisexual - A flower that possesses either stamens or carpels but not both.
Style - The stalk-like part of the pistil, connecting the ovary and the stigma.
Palmately compound - Leaflets radiating from one point, resembling a hand with the fingers spread. Leaves may also be palmately lobed or have palmate venation.
Deciduous - Having leaves that all fall off at the end of the growing season, or at least wither up and become lifeless.
Asymmetric - Lacking symmetry, e.g., the two halves of a leaf blade not alike.
Ovary - The basal part of the pistil, bearing the ovules, which later develop into seeds. See also Inferior ovary; Superior ovary.
Part Shade - Part shade is classified as a garden receiving 4-6 hours of sun with dappled shade from trees or as approximately 4 hours of sun with shade either in the morning or afternoon. Part shade and part sun are used interchangeably by the horticulture industry.
Beard - A tuft or line of hairs, as on certain petals.
Berry - A fleshy, indehiscent fruit with few to many seeds.