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Explanate: Extending or spreading in a flat or horizontal form.

Explanate eks-plan-it adj. explano: to flatten, spread out) Extending or spreading in a flat or horizontal form.

Didynamous: Having one pair of stamens longer than the other pair

Vitex lucens puriri The distinctive pinkish-red petals with four stamens, the two inner being shorter than the two peripheral.

Pentamerous: Flower parts in fives

Pentamerous: Flower parts in fives

Disk floret: One of the central, regular flowers in flower heads of Asteraceae

disc/disk floret disk flor-it n. diskoidos: disc-like) One of the central, regular flowers in flower heads of Asteraceae. Compare with ray floret.

Compression wood: formed on the lower side of branches in conifers

Compression wood: formed on the lower side of branches in conifers

Tension wood: a supporting ridge above the lateral branch.

Tension ten’shon wood (L. tensura: a straining, stretching out) A type of reaction wood formed in the branches of flowering trees. Compare with compression wood.

Pollination: The transfer of pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part

Pollination po’li-nash’on adj. pollen, pollinis: fine flour, mill dust) The process that transfers pollen from the male part of the flower- stamen- to the female part- style or stigma.

Cotyliform: Cup or dish shaped.

Cotyliform: Cup or dish shaped. Cotyliform kot’il-e’form adj.: kotule: little cavity, cup; forma: shape) Cup or dish shaped. Crucibulum laeve Bird’s nest fungi Nidulariaceae

Gamopetalous: With united petals.

Gamopetalous gam’o-pet’l-os adj. petalon: leaf) With united petals.

Geniculate: With a knee like bend. Abruptly bent.

Geniculate je-nik’yo-lit adj. genu: the knee) With a knee like bend.

Palmate: Radiately lobed or divided.

Palmate palm’at or pal’mat adj. palma: the palm of the hand) Radiately lobed or divided. Used to describe leaves that are divided into separate leaflets, all arising from the end of the petiole.

Virescent: To become green, greenish.

Virescent ve-ri’sent adj. viridescent, ve-ri’de-sent adj. viridus, ve-rid’us adj. viretus ve’ri-tus adj.virere: to be green) To become green, greenish.

Elongate: Long and narrow or slender.

Elongate: Long and narrow or slender. Elongate i’long-gayt adj. elongare: to lengthen) Long and narrow or slender. Asplenium flaccidum drooping spleenwort Aspleniaceae May The sori are in elongated clusters and run down the inner margin of the pinna.

Glandular hairs: A type of trichome with a secretory gland at it’s apex

Drosera peltata, commonly called shield sundew or pale sundew.

Crosier: A coiled young fern frond

The language of Botany explained. Make sense of Latin words used to describe plants and their parts.

Pinnate: The parts arranged on either side of an axis, as in a feather.

Pinnate pin’at adj. pinna: a feather) The parts arranged on either side of an axis, as in a feather.