Tag Archives: Glossary

Word of the Week: Ephemeral

Some of the most popular and widely available ephemerals on the retail market are spring-blooming bulbs and corms like crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, narcissi, snowdrops, and tulips…In the United States, the term “spring ephemerals” usually refers to native North American wildflowers whose natural habitat is a deciduous forest. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Lenticel

What do the bark of a spicebush, the skin of an apple, and the skin of your face have in common? Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Lichen

There are about 3,600 known species of lichens in North America. A lichen anchors itself to a substrate like a rock or tree with mostly non-penetrating fungal filaments called rhizines or a central peg-like extension from its thallus (body) called a holdfast… Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Ramentum

This word, related largely to ferns, usually appears in the plural, ramenta, and often with the modifier “chaffy,” as above. Continue reading

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