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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

Reniform - Kidney-shaped.

Scabrous - Rough to the touch.

Tripinnate - A bipinnate leaf whose pinnae are divided into a third set of leaflets.

Caudate - Tapering gradually into a long taillike tip

Peltate - Leaf shape that is round or rounded with the petiole attachment on the abaxial leaf surface and not on a leaf edge.

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

Orbicular - Circular or nearly so.

Lenticel - A corky pore in young bark.

Calyx - The sepals taken collectively. These may be distinct, or joined to form a cup or tube; they may be of any color but are usually green. When the calyx is present, it encloses the other parts of the flower in bud.

Radial asymmetry - The flower can be cut into two equal halves in many ways, provided that the plane of cutting passes through the center.

Subshrub - Shorter than a shrub, often weakly woody and persisting for only a few years.

Cork - Bark tissue that is harvested for commercial use.

Wing - A thin extension of a plant part, as of a branch or dry fruit.

Clasping - Leaf partially encircles the stem.

FNA - Flora of North America.