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Word of the Week: Pappus

The word pappus might bring to mind dandelions and the “puff ball” seed heads you may have played with in your youth. However, if the word conjures up the silky “parachutes” of milkweed, think again. Although both appendages aid in the dispersal of their seeds, a pappus is an appendage to cypsela, the fruit of plants in the Asteraceae (aster family). Dandelion is a member of the aster family; milkweed is not.* Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Filament

For gardeners, the most common encounter with the word filament is in naming the reproductive parts of flowers. The word comes from the Latin filum, meaning “thread,” and aptly describes the thin, usually springy stalks holding up the anthers. Continue reading

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