a = adjective

n = noun

v = verb


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n  a specialized, modified, and often reduced leaf or leaflike structure just below a flower or inflorescence
n  in conifers, one of the primary appendages of the cone axis, in the axils of which the ovuliferous scales are borne

Plant Identification Terminology

  James G. Harris and Melinda Woolf Harris
 A useful glossary that clearly explains and illustrates myriad confusing terms likely to turn up in botanical reference sources.

A marvelous resource for anyone who wishes to familiarize themselves with plant identification keys, this volume (Second Edition) assembles a visual glossary of botanical terms. The first section presents the alphabetical glossary of some 2,400 terms commonly used in plant description and identification. The second part groups related terms to facilitate study and comparison. Illustrated with clear b&w line drawings.