Achene: A small, dry indehiscent, 1- seeded fruit.
Actinomorphic: Regular, radially symmetrical.
Acute: Sharp, ending in a point. Fig. iii, B.
Amplexicaul: Clasping or embracing the stem.
Androgynous: Having male and female flowers in the same inflorescence.
Anther: The pollen-bearing part of the stamen.
Apiculate: Having a short, sharp, pointed tip. Fig. iii, C.
Apressed: Closely and flatly pressed against an organ (as hairs on a leaf).
Arachnoid: With slender, entangled hairs.
Arcuate: Curved, bowed.
Aril: An appendage or outer covering of a seed.
Aristate: Provided with a stiff bristle. Fig. iii, A.
Attenuate: Long tapering. Fig. iii, J.
Auricle: An ear-shaped appendage.
Awn: An bristle-like appendage.
Axil: Upper angle formed by the union of stem and leaf.
Axillary: Situated in the angle formed by the base of a leaf or petiole and the stem.
Beak: A long prominent point, usually applied to a fruit appendage.
Berry: pulpy, indehiscent, few- or many- seeded fruit with no true stone (e.g.tomato).
Bract: A reduced leaf associated with the inflorescence.
Bracteole: A secondary bract.
Caducous: Falling off prematurely.
Calyx: The whorl of sepals.
Canescent: Grey- pubescent, hoary.
Capitate: In a head, aggregated into a compact cluster.
Capsule: A simple, dry fruit formed by the fusion of 2 or more carpels. Fig. v. H.
Carpel: An ovule-bearing unit of a simple ovary in the female flower, 2 or more carpels may be fused to form a compound ovary.
Carpophore: The stalk to which carpels are attached, in Umbelliferae a portion of the receptacle prolonged between the carpels.
Caruncle: A small appendage at or near the point of attachment of a seed.
Catkin: A hanging spike of small flowers, usually with scales between the flowers and often unisexual.
Caudate: With a tail-like appendage. Fig.iii, G.
Caudex: The woody base of a perennial plant.
Cauline: Belonging to the stem.
Chasmophyte: A plant dwelling in cliff crevices.
Ciliate: Bearing hairs on the margin. Fig. ii, J.
Cladode: A branch or stem simulating a leaf
Coccus: One of the pmts of a lobed fruit with 1- seeded cells.
Cordate: Heart-shaped. Fig. iii, N.
Corolla: The whorl of petals, often united into a tube.
Corymbose: In a more or less flat-topped inflorescence with the outer flowers opening first. Fig. vi, B.
Crenate: With shallow, blunt teeth, scalloped. Fig. ii, B.
Crustaceous: With a hard, brittle texture.
Culm: The jointed stem of grasses and sedges, usually hollow except at the attachment.
Cuneate: Wedge-shaped, triangular with the narrow end at the attachement point. Fig. iii, K
Cupule: The cup of fruits such as the acom
Cyathium: The «flower» of Euphorbia consisting of a cup-like involucre containing the small, true flowers.
Cyme: Broad, more or less flat-topped inflorescence in which the central flowers open first.
Fig. vi, C.
Cypsela: The single-seeded fi11it of Compositae, derived from an inferior, unilocular ovary.
Decurrent: extending down and fused to the stem or other organ.
Decussate: Leaves in pairs alternately crossing at right angles.
Deflexed: Reflexed or bent sha1ply downwards.
Dentate: With sharp teeth at right angles to the margin. Fig. ii, E.
Denticulate: Finely dentate. Fig. ii, F.
Dichasium: A cyme-like inflorescence with 2 lateral axes. Fig. vi, H.
Dichotomous: Branching by equally forking in pairs.
Dioecious: With male and female flowers on separate plants.
Disc-floret: The central, tubular flowers in the heads of some Compositae.
Discoid: Having only disc-florets.
Divaricate: Extremely divergent.
Drupe: A stone fruit, a single-seeded, indehiscent fruit with seed having a stony endocarp (drupaceous). Fig. v, C.
Echinulate: Having tiny prickles.
Ellipsoidal: Solid with an elliptical profile.
Elliptical: Oval, tapering at both ends. Fig. viii, E
Epicalyx: An extra calyx-like structure below the calyx.
Endocarp: The inner layer of the fruit wall.
Entire: With a continous margin. Fig. ii, A.
Erose: With an inegularly toothed or eroded margin as if bitten. Fig. ii, K.
Fascicle: A condensed close cluster.
Filament: The stalk of a stamen.
Flexuous: Having a wavy zig-zag form.
Floccose: Covered with tufts of soft, woolly hairs.
Follicle: Dry dehiscent fruit splitting only the dorsal side. Fig. v, G.
Glabrescent: Almost glabrous or becoming glabrous with age.
Glabrous: Without hairs.
Glaucous: Covered with a white bloom.
Glochidiate: Pubescent with barbed, stiff hairs
Glomerule: A cluster of heads usually in a common involucre.
Glume: One of a pair of sterile bracts at the base of a grass spikelet.
Hastate: Arrow-shaped with the basal lobes turned outwards. Fig. iii, H.
Hemicryptophyte: Herbs with renewal buds at soil-level.
Hermaphrodyte: With stamens and ovary in the same flower.
Hispid: With rough hairs ofb1istles.
Hispidulous: Minutely hispid.
Homogamous: With the simultaneous ripening of stamens and styles in the same flower.
Hypogynous: Inserted beneath the female organs.
Imbricate: Overlapping like roof-tiles.
Indumentum: A hairy or pubescent covering.
Infelior: Below, usually an ovary located below the perianth. Fig. i, B.
Involucel: A secondary involucre.
Involucre: A whorl of bracts subtending a flower or inflorescence.
Involute: Rolled in from the edges with the upper surface innermost.
Keel: The lower, united petals in a leguminous flower.
Labellum: The lip of an orchid flower.
Lacerate: Irregularly cut at the edge.
Laciniate: Deeply cut into narrow lobes separated by narrow, irregular incisions.
Lanate: Woolly, with inte1woven curly hairs.
Lanceolate: Lance-shaped, tape1ing at both ends with the widest part below the middle. Fig. viii, C.
Leaf Arrangement: Fig. vii.
Legume: A simple, superior fruit dehiscent into two valves. Fig. v, A.
Lemma: The lower of two bracts enclosing the grass flower.
Liana: Woody climber.
Ligulate: Strap-shaped (ligule).
Linear: long and narrow with the margins more or less parallel. Fig. viii, A.
Lomentaceous: Having the Jiom of a flat legume constricted between the seeds, the legume falling apart at the constrictions when mature to give a number of 1-seeded segments. Fig. v, B.
Lyrate: Pinnatifid with the tem1inal lobe enlarged. Fig. viii, K.
Medifixed: Of hair fixed in the centre with either end free.
Mericarp: One-seeded part of an ovary split off at maturity. Fig. v, I.
Monoecious: Having separate male and female flowers borne on the same plant.
Mucronate: With a short, narrow point. Fig.III, D.
Nectary: A nectar-secreting gland.
Oblanceolate: Lanceolate but broadest above the middle. Fig. viii, D.
Obovate: Ovate but with the distal end broader. Fig. viii, J.
Obtuse: Blunt or rounded. Fig. iii, E.
Orbicular: Flat with a circular outline. Fig. viii, H.
Ovate: Flat with an egge-shaped outline. Fig. viii, I. (Oval, Fig. viii, F.)
Palate: A rounded projection on the lower lip of some corollas which closes or almost closes the throat.
Palea: The innermost bract of a grass floret.
Palmate: Divided in a hand-like manner. Fig. iv, C.
Panicle: A branched racemose inflorescence. Fig. vi, B.
Papillae: Minute, nipple-shaped projections.
Pappus:The various tufts of hairs or scales on the on the apex of Compositae fruits, generally considered to be a modified calyx.
Pedate: Palmately lobed with the lateral lobes again divided.
Pedicel: The stalk of a single flower.
Peduncle: The stalk of a flower cluster.
Peltate: With the stalk arising towards the center rather than at the margin (of a leaf). Fig.iii,M.
Pelianth: Collective term for the whorls of petals and sepals.
Peligon: A perianth not differentiated into petals and sepals.
Perygynium: Papery sheath enclosing the achene in sedges (Carex).
Pilose: Shaggy, with soft hairs.
Pinnate: Feather-like, as the leaflets of a compound leaf placed on either side of the rachis. Fig. iv, A, F.
Pinnatifid: Leaf divided ii1 a pinnate way but not cut to the midrib. Fig. iv, D.
Pinnatisect: Leaf divided ii1 a pilmate way but cut to the midrib. Fig. iv, E.
Polygamous: With unisexual and bisexual flowers on the same plant.
Procumbent: Trailing, lying flat along the ground without rooting at the nodes.
Pruinose: With a thick, white, flakey bloom.
Pubescent: Covered with fine hairs.
Pungent: Ending in a stiff, sharp, point
Quadrate: More or”less square in out-line.
Raceme: Simple elongated inflorescence with the oldest flower at the base. Fig. vi, A.
Radiate: Spreading form a common centre.
Radical: Arising from the root or crown.
Ray-floret: the outer, ligulate florets ii1 a composite head.
Receptacle: The modified apex of a stem bearing the floral parts.
Reticulate: With a netted appearance.
Retuse: Notched slightly at the apex. Fig. iii, F.
Revolute: Margin rolled downwards with the lower surface i1mermost.
Rhizome: Underground stem.
Rhomboidal: Diamond-shaped. Fig. viii, G.
Rotund: Almost circular.
Rugose: With a wrinkled surface.
Runcinate: Coarsely sen-ate with the teeth pointing towards the base.
Saccate: Bag- or pouch-shaped.
Saggitate: Arrow-shaped with the lobes pointing towards the base. Fig. iii, I.
Samara: An indehiscent Winged fruit. Fig. v, D.
Scabrous: With short, rough hairs.
Schizocarp: A dry, indehiscent fruit splitting into two valves. Fig. v, I.
Scorpioid: A coiled cluster in which the flowers are usually two-ranked. Fig. vi, G.
Serrate: With saw-like teeth which point forwards.
Serrulate: Minutely serrate.
Sessile: Without a stalk.
Setaceous: Bristle-like, with a bristle.
Setose: Covered with bristles.
Shrublet: A small shtub (perennial).
Silicula: Dry, dehiscent fruit of a Crucifer, not more than three times as long as broad. Fig. v,F.
Siliqua: Dry, dehiscent fruit of a Crucifer, at least three times as long as broad, with two valves and a papety septum.Fig. v, E.
Sinuate: With a pronmmced wavy margin.
Spadix: Thick, fleshy spike beating sessile flowers at the base and sunounded by a spathe (Arcaceae).
Spathe: A large, sometimes coloured bract surrounding a spadix.
Spathulate: Spoon-shaped. Fig. viii, B.
Spike: An unbranched inflorescence of more or less sessile flowers with the oldest flowers at the base.
Spikelet: A secondary spike or the floral unit in a grass.
Staminode: A sterile stamen which may in some cases be petal-Iike .
Standard: The upper, broad petal of a leguminous flower.
Stipule: The basal appendage of a petiole.
Striate: With fine ridges, grooves or lines of colour.
Strigose: With sharp-pointed, appressed, stiff hairs.
Strophiole: An appendage at the point of attachment of certain seeds.
Sub-: Slightly, as sub- dentate, slightly toothed.
Subulate: Awl-shaped, tapering from base to apex.
Superior: Applied to an ovary situated above the perianth. Fig. i, C.
Tendril: A slender, often coiled extension of stem or leaf used for climbing.
Tepal: A undifferentiated perianth unit.
Terete: Circular in cross-section.
Ternate: Divided into threes. Fig. iv, G.
Thyrse: A compact panicle in which the flowers of the lateral branches open from the outside inwards.
Tomentose: Densely woolly or pubescent, with matted hairs.
Trifid: Divided into threes.
Trifoliate: Having compound leaves with three leaflets. Fig. iv, B.
Truncate: Ending abruptly, the apex or base more or less straight across. Fig. iii, L.
Tuberculate: With small tubers or lumps on the surface.
Tunicate: Formed of concentric layers like the bulb of an onion, the outer loose coat is often referred to as a tunic.
Umbel: A flat-topped inflorescence charrctetistic of the umbelliferae with the peduncles of more or less equal length and arising from a common point. Fig. vi, F, E.
Umbellule: A secondaty umbel.
Valve: One of the segments into which a capsule or pod naturally splits on maturity.
Velutinous: With a velvety indumentum.
Verticillaster: A whorl-like structure composed of a pair of opposed cymes as in the inflorescence of Labiatae. Fig. vi, F.
Villous: With long, unmatted, silky, straight hairs.
Wing: Dry, flat extension of some seeds or stems, the lateral petals of a leguminous flower.
Zygomorphic: irregular or bilaterally symmetrical, divisible into two halves in one plane only.