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Botanical Glossary


The technical terms of botany are often difficult and obscure, but they represent an indispensable, precise shorthand when describing the physical attributes of plants. Without them, many more words would be needed to ensure a complete and accurate description. The following glossary defines the technical terms used widely in everyday botany, and you may even come across a few in some reference books.



Entire - Having no teeth or indentations.

Evergreen - Retaining green foliage for more than one season.

Filiform - Thread-like.

Floret - A small flower in a flower head or other cluster.

Frond- The leaf of a fern.

Fruit - The seed-bearing part of a plant.

Funnelform - Descriptive of a flower whose corolla tube widens gradually and uniformly from the base.