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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Snowdrops blooming

Botanical Nerd Word: Galochrous

Galochrous: Milk-white in colour. Galanthus (snowdrops) are blooming in the garden. The genus name Galanthus comes from Greek gala, milk + anthos, flower. Allaby, M. (2006). A dictionary of plant sciences (Revised ed.). …

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Three-leaved clovers growing in a mass.

Botanical Nerd Word: Ternate

Ternate: Divided in three; e.g., trifoliate leaf.* Shamrocks, or clovers, have ternate leaves. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! *Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained and illustrated. …

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Aloe vera leaves

Botanical Nerd Word: Sarcous

Sarcous: Fleshy.* Succulents and cacti are typically very fleshy plants. This Aloe vera has sarcous leaves, prized for their skin-soothing properties. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An …

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