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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
Bud - A small cell-mass in the process of dividing from a stem to form a flower, leaf or another stem.
Whorled - Three or more leaves or flowers arranged in a circle around a stem.
Pinnae - (Pinna, sing.) A division of a pinnately compound leaf.
Oval - Having the general form, shape, or outline of an egg; egg-shaped.
Orbicular - Circular or nearly so.
Ovate - Shaped like an egg, with the narrow end at the apex.
Toothed - Said of petals or leaves having margins more or less sharply indented.
Floret - A small flower, especially one in a dense cluster.
Vein - A rib of tissue, usually in a leaf.
FAC* - Faculative - Hydrophyte. Occurs in wetlands and non-wetlands. Occurs only in the South Pacific Islands subregion.
Xylem - Water-conducting tissue of vascular plants.
Catkin - A spikelike flower cluster that bears scaly bracts and petalless, unisexual flowers.
Pedicel - The stalk of a single flower in a cluster of flowers.
Lobed leaf - A leaf with indentations not more than halfway to the midrib, with the tips of the segments rounded.
Stipules - Leaflike structures that grow where the leaf is attached to the stem.