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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Bromeliad plant showing water pool at centre

Botanical Nerd Word: Phytotelma

Phytotelma (plural: phytotelmata): A small, water-filled cavity in a tree or any similar environment, such as the axil of a bromeliad.* In nature, phytotelmata form important niche habitats for other flora and fauna. Some species …

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