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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
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.