Glossary of Unfamiliar Terms
Alternate: see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

Basal: see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

Bracts: Modfied leaves that usually grow at the base of the flower.

Corolla: The inner showy part of the flower. Petals make up the corolla, and can be separate or joined.

Divided: see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

Inflorescence: A cluster of flowers.

Irregular: The parts of the flower are not the same size, shape or arrangement.

Lance-shaped: The leaf is generally broader toward one end and tapers to the other end. The length is generally 3 times the width at the broad part of the leaf.

Lobed: see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

Opposite: see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

Pinnate: The leaflets are divided along the stalk in the shape of a feather or pinnae.

Pistil: The female reproductive organ. It has three parts, the ovary, a slender stalk (style), and a bulbed tip (stigma).

Raceme: A long cluster of flowers going up the stalk. Each flower has its own stalk.

Ray: The flat petal-like blades that encircle the disk in composite flowers.

Regular: The parts of the flower look the same, symmetrical.

Sepal: A small modified leaf near the edge of the flower.

Sessile: Without a stalk.

Stamen: The male reproductive organ on the flower. Usually many thin stalks with a bulb at the end, which is the anther.

Vein: Lines in petals or leaves that extend from one part of the petal or leaf to the other.

Whorl : see leaf page, click here to go to leaf page.

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