Tag Archives: Word of the Week

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: Cauliflory

While all flowers and fruit are produced on some sort of stem, most emerge at or near the ends of young growing stems. Cauliflory is a rare occurrence in which flowers grow along the sides of mature trunks and branches. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Stolon

Stoloniferous plants have runners (stems creeping horizontally usually above ground) that take root at the stem nodes, forming colonies (genets) of clones of the parent plants. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Sedge

Many gardeners were taught the short rhyme, “Sedges have edges, rushes are round, and grasses are hollow, straight to the ground,” as a short-hand way of distinguishing between the three somewhat similar plant types. Continue reading

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