Pine cone christmas ornament on a tree

Botanical Nerd Word: Cone

Cone: A dense cluster of sporophylls on an axis; a strobilus.*   *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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Dried fruit pods of eastern redbud

Botanical Nerd Word: Complanate

Complanate: Flattened* For example, the complanate fruit pods of eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis). *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake …

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Bare tree branches against a blue sky

Botanical Nerd Word: Denudate

Denudate: Stripped bare; denuded.* With the cold weather settling in, our deciduous trees have taken on their denudate winter appearance. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated …

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a potted pencil cactus

Botanical Nerd Word: Aphyllous

Aphyllous: Without leaves.* This Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli) does not produce leaves. It photosynthesises with its bare stems. *Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd …

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