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dioecious [ dahy-ee-shuhs ] adjective: plant species having male and female reproductive organs on different individual plants The majority of plants reproduce via “perfect” flowers,…having both male and female organs within the same plant…Dioecious species have separate male and female plants.
raceme [ rey-seem, ruh-seem] noun: a flower cluster with separate flowers attached by short equal stalks at equal distances along a central stem (flowers at base develop first). Racemes can be simple or compound.
When you see grasses forming wispy or fluffy heads in the summer, you probably don’t immediately think, “Oh what pretty flowers!” But flowers, they are, their arrangement often described as racemes. Continue reading
phototropism [ foh-to-truh-piz-uhm, foh-toh-troh-piz-uhm ] noun: growth or movement of an organism stimulated by light either toward or away from the light source
This WoW is more aptly a Word of the Day in recognition of National Houseplant Appreciation Day.