Crocus emerging showing leaves
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Botanical Nerd Word: Ensiform

Ensiform: Lance- or sword-shaped with the widest point toward the base. Synonyms: gladiate, lanceolate.*

Ensiform leaves are common in plants in the iris family (Iridaceae), such as the crocus pictured above.

*Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained and illustrated. Portland: Timber Press.

 

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