Close up of Thuja (arborvitae) leaves.

Botanical Nerd Word: Imbricate

Imbricate: Overlapping like roofing shingles; in conifers, used for tightly pressed scale leaves of many Cupressaceae and Podocarpaceae.* The arborvitae (Thuja) above, a member of the Cupressaceae family, has imbricate …

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Tulip tree fruits in winter

Botanical Nerd Word: Samara

Samara: A dry, indehiscent, winged fruit.* Tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera), maples (Acer spp.), and many other plants produce samaras, commonly referred to as ‘keys.’ Tulip trees, pictured above, often have whorls of …

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