Glossary of Botanical Terms

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Falcate.  Scythe-shaped.
Farinaceous.  Starchy, or containing starch.
Fascicle.  A dense cluster.
Fascicled.  Borne in dense clusters.
Fastigiate.  Stems or branches which are nearly erect and close together.
Fenestrate.  with window-like markings.
Fertile.  Bearing spores, or bearing seed.
Fertilization.  The mingling of the contents of a male and female cell.
Ferruginous.  Color of iron-rust.
Fetid.  Ill-smelling.
Fibrillose.  With fibres or fibre-like organs.
Filament.  The stalk of an anther ; the two forming the stamen.
Filamentous.  Composed of tghread-like structures ; thread-like.
Filiform.  Thread-like.
Fimbriate.  With fringed edges.
Fimbrillate.  Minutely fringed.
Fistular.  Hollow and cylindric.
Flabellate.  Fan-shaped, or arranged like the sticks of a fan.
Flaccid.  Lax ; weak.
Flexous.  Alternately bent in different directions.
Floccose.  With loose tufts of wool-like hairs.
Foliaceous.  Similar to leaves.
Foliolate.  With separate leaflets.
Follicle.  A simple fruit dehiscent along one suture.
Follicular.  Similar to a follicle.
Foveate.  Foveolate.  More or less pitted.
Free.  Separate from other organs ; not adnate.
Frond.  The leaves of ferns.
Frutescent.  Fruticose.  More or less shrub-like.
Fugacious.  Falling soon after development.
Fugitive.  Plants not native, but occuring here and there, without direct evidence of becoming established.
Funiculus.  The stalk of an ovule or seed.
Fusiform.  Spindle-shaped.

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Volume 1, page xviii: Nathanie1 L. Britton amd Addison Lord Brown,
An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States,Canada, and the British Possessions from Newfoundland to the Parallel of the Southern Boundary of Virginia, and from the Atlantic Ocean Westward to the 102d Meridian, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913

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