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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
Pod - A dry fruit that splits after ripening, a term applied to fruits in the Legume Family.
Tap - The main, central root of a plant.
Superior ovary - An ovary situated above the origin of sepals and petals.
Rachis - The axis of a pinnately compound leaf.
Dioecious - With male and female reproductive structures on separate plants.
Cyme - A usually flattish inflorescence in which the central or terminal flower matures first.
Disc flowers - The inner tubular flowers on the heads of Asteraceae (Sunflower Family).
Wing - A thin extension of a plant part, as of a branch or dry fruit.
Shrub - A low growing, usually less than 15 feet, woody perennial plant without a central stem.
Acorn - A usually one-seeded (occasionally two-seeded) nut enclosed in a hard, leathery shell and subtended by a scaly cup. The fruit of any species in the genera, Quercus or Lithocarpus.
Cuneate - Leaf shape narrowly triangular, wider at the apex and tapering toward the base.
Corolla - The petals collectively; usually colored or showy. These may be distinct or united to form a cup, trumpet, tube, or two-lipped body.
Aristate - Ending in a stiff, bristle-like point.
Axil - The upper angle between two structures or organs, as where a leaf or branch joins the stem.
Cordate - Heart-shaped, with the point at the apex.