a seedling showing cotyledons and plumule
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Botanical Nerd Word: Plumule

Plumule: (Syn. epicotyl) The portion of the embryo above the point of attachment of the cotyledon(s) which gives rise to the shoot.*

In the image above, the plumule is emerging from between the two cotyledons.

*Harris, J.G., Harris, M.W. (2001). Plant identification terminology: An illustrated glossary (2nd ed.). Spring Lake: Spring Lake Publishing.

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