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Word of the Week: Nutlet

You would probably not be surprised to hear that a nutlet is a small nut, but it also refers to the fruit or part of the fruit of species like native Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush) as well as certain members of the Boraginaceae (borage family), Lamiaceae (mint or sage family), or Verbenaceae (verbena or vervain family). Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Etaerio

Unlike simple fruits, which develop from a single ovary in a flower, an etaerio develops from multiple ovaries (sometimes called fruitlets) in a single flower arranged over the surface of or within the flower’s receptacle. An etaerio is also called an aggregate fruit. 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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