Category Archives: Illustrated Glossary

Word of the Week: Dioecious

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.

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Word of the Week: Raceme

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

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Word of the Week: Phototropism

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.
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Word of the Week: Drupe

drupe [ droop ] noun: a fleshy, simple fruit with a central stone containing the seed

Shiny evergreen leaves and red fruit make holly a desirable decoration for the winter season. Although its red fruit is often called a berry, it is actually a drupe.
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