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Word of the Week: Phyllotaxis

The three major patterns of phyllotaxis are alternate, opposite, and whorled, as shown in the illustration below. How leaves are arranged on the stem (axis) is one of the tools for classifying and identifying plants. Continue reading

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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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TREE: Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood)

New Fact Sheet! The Virginia Native Plant Society honored Flowering Dogwood as Wildflower of the Year in 2018. Commonly found in the forest understory or as a landscape ornamental, Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) has high wildlife value native with four-season interest that is far from ordinary. Continue reading

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