Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week – Signal

signal [ sig-nl ] noun: an area of contrasting color, usually yellow, on the fall of an iris in the place of a beard A word to begin the celebration of Pollinator Week Some flowers have specialized names for their … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Pubescent

Generally, the hairy surface (indumentum) of a stem, leaf, calyx, or corolla is described as pubescent. The individual hair (trichome) is an outgrowth of the epidermis. There are a number of different terms to describe hairiness,… Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Palmate

Two common forms of venation that are the starting point for many plant identification systems are palmate and pinnate. A third venation pattern is fan-shaped, as in gingko trees… A fourth form, arcuate, has a strong midrib, but also curved secondary veins in a more heart-shaped arrangement. The parallel venation of a fifth form appears in most monocot plants. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Peltate

Plants with peltate leaves are rare in temperate climates like our mid-Atlantic states, appearing more commonly in tropical areas. But spring is a time when we see one of our local native ephemerals spreading out in broad colonies in the woods or on their edges like so many little umbrellas. Podophyllum peltatum, commonly known as mayapple, spreads via rhizomes and sends up stems that attach directly to the center of its lobed leaves. Continue reading

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