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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.



Incised - Sharply and irregularly slashed or cut.

Indigenous - Native, naturally occurring.

Inflorescence - Technically, the way flowers are arranged in a cluster, generally, a flower cluster.

Internode - The part of a stem or branch between nodes.

Interrupted - Descriptive of a structure, the pattern or sequence of whose elements is broken by the insertion of other elements.