Botanical Nerd Word: Resin

Resin: A highly viscous, sticky, flammable, typically aromatic substance secreted by certain trees (esp. conifers, notably fir and pine) and other plants.* Resin is the sticky substance that’s very hard to …

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Miscanthus grass growing in tufts

Botanical Nerd Word: Caespitose

Caespitose: Growing in dense tufts.* Many grasses have a caespitose growth habit, including these Miscanthus plants. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Strict

Strict: Very straight and upright, not at all spreading.* This arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) in the Knot Garden has a very upright growth habit. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An …

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