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Botanical Nerd Word: Flexuose

Flexuose: Bending back and forth at angles in opposite directions, zigzagging.*

The stems of Japanese knotweed, a highly invasive plant, have a characteristic zigzag shape.

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

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