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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