Botanical Nerd Word: Ossiculus

Ossiculus: The stone or pit of a drupe; a pyrene.* Peaches, apricots, cherries, and plums are all examples of drupes. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Node

Node: The position on the stem where leaves or branches originate.* Dog-strangling vine, pictured above, produces two leaves at each node along the stem. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Maculate

Maculate: Marked with splotches or dots.* Many plants are grown for their decorative spotted foliage, such as Pulmonaria and Aucuba. *Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Scorpioid

Scorpioid: Shaped like a scorpion’s tail, as in some coiled cymes.* Symphytum (comfrey) produces flowers in a scorpioid cyme. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd …

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