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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

Twig - A small branch.

Appressed - Pressed or lying flat against something.

Attenuate - A tapering leaf base with concave margins that form an angle less than 45 degrees.

Pubescent - Said of stems or leaves with soft hairs.

Vein - A rib of tissue, usually in a leaf.

Regular flower - A flower equal in size, form, and union of its similar parts; radially symmetrical. Example: Solanaceae (Potato Family).

Sinus - The depression or recess between two lobes.

Bisexual - A flower with both stamens and pistils.

Stipules - Leaflike structures that grow where the leaf is attached to the stem.

Phyllary - A term sometimes used for individual bracts below the head of flowers in Asteraceae (Sunflower Family), so designated to avoid confusion with bracts on the flower stem.

Elliptic - Shaped like an ellipse, resembling a flattened circle.

Special Value to Native Bees - Recognized by pollination ecologists as attracting large numbers of native bees.

Nectar - A sweet fluid produced in flowers.

Mucronate - Leaf apex with short spiny tip.

FACU - Faculative Upland - Nonhydrophyte. Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands.