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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

Hermaphrodite - Bisexual, having both male and female parts in the same flower.

Cork - Bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use.

Filament - Stalk of stamen; bears the anther.

Decumbent - Lying on the ground but having an ascending tip.

Rhizome - A horizontal underground stem.

Corymb - A flat-topped or convex flower cluster, with the lower or outer stems longer; the flowers on these stems open first.

Drupe - Fruit with exocarp or skin, fleshy mesocarp and hardened endocarp with seed inside.

Pistillate flower - A flower with pistils, but no stamens.

Ray - The outer irregular flowers in the heads of many Compositae (Sunflower Family). Each has a single, tongue-shaped corolla.

Midrib - The main or central rib or vein of a leaf.

Stipule - A basal appendage of the petiole; usually in pairs. Varies in shape and may be minute and hairlike or stiff and sharp, or like segments of the leaf blade.

Apex - The topmost or distal portion of a plant or plant part.

Branchlet - A small branch.

Axillary - Growing from an axil.

Herb - A plant species lacking woody tissue when mature.