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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

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

Florets - Small or reduced flowers.

Dioecious - With male and female reproductive structures on separate plants.

Receptacle - End of stem to which flowers are attached. lFig. 1)

Special Value to Bumble Bees - Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of bumble bees.

Grass/Grass-like - Having narrow leaves, usually arising from the base of the plant.

Herb - A plant species lacking woody tissue when mature.

Spike - Flowers are attached directly to the main stem; no pedicels are present. The youngest flowers or buds are at the top. Spp. Abbreviation for plural of "species."

Stigma - The tip of the pistil, which receives the pollen; may be rounded, lobed, or branched

Fern - Any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants (pteridophytes) having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores.

Elliptic - Shaped like an ellipse, resembling a flattened circle.

Pith - The spongy tissue in the center of a stem.

Caryopsis - A dry, one-seeded fruit (achene) with ovary wall united to the seed coat, characteristic of grasses.

Filament - Stalk of stamen; bears the anther.

Pendulous - Suspended, hanging.