Dame's rocket (hesperis matronalis) bloom showing its 4 petals arranged in a cross shape

Botanical Nerd Word: Cruciate

Cruciate (cruciform):  Cross-shaped, used especially of the flowers of the Brassicaceae family.* The 4-petalled flowers of Brassicaceae (mustard family) plants, such as this dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis) are characteristically arranged in …

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Grape hyacinth blooms

Word of the Week: Urceolate

Urceolate (ur-see-o-late): Pitcher-like, hollow and contracted at the mouth like an urn or pitcher.* The tiny, individual flowers in the inflorescence of grape hyacinth (Muscari spp.) have an urceolate form. …

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Trout lily flowers in the woods

Botanical Nerd Word: Cernuous

Cernuous (sern-you-us): Drooping or nodding.* Trout lilies (Erythronium americanum), coming into bloom now in the woods, have cernuous blooms. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Corona

Corona: Petal-like or crown-like structures between the petals and stamens in some flowers.* The ‘trumpet’ part of daffodils (Narcissus spp.), for example.   *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification …

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