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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
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.