Botanical Nerd Word: Vinaceous

Vinaceous: Of the (reddish) colour of wine; wine-coloured.* For great winter interest, plant our native red-osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) for the bright red branches. *Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online. Photo: Matt …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Spine

Spine: Sharp, pointed modified leaf, leaflet, bract, sepal, or stipule.* These Berberis (barberry) spines are actually modified leaves. Botanically, they’re different from thorns or prickles which are derived from other plant …

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Botanical Nerd Word: Actinomorphic

Actinomorphic: Having multiple planes of symmetry such that any line drawn through the middle produces two mirror-image halves, usually applied to flowers.* Compare with zygomorphic. This striking red Dahlia ‘Mystic Enchantment’ …

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