Glossary of Botanical Terms



 
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Labiate.  Provided with a lip-like organ.
Lancinate.  Cut into narrow lobes or segments.
Lanceolate.  Considerably longer than broad, tapering upward from the middle or below ; lance-shaped.
Latex.  The milky sap of certain plants.
Leaflet.  One of the divisionsof a compound leaf.
Legume.  A simple dry fruit dehiscent along both sutures.
Lenticular.  Lens-shaped.
Ligulate.  Provided with or resembling a ligule.
Ligule.  A strap-shaped organ, as the rays in Compositae.
Limb
.  The expanded part of a petal, sepal, or gamopetalous corolla.
Linear.  Elongated and narrow with sides nearly parallel.
Lineolate.  With fine or obscure lines.
Lobed.  Divided to about the middle.
Loment.  A jointed legume, usually constricted between the seeds.
Loculicidal.  Applied to capsules which split longitudinally into their cavities.
Lodicules.  Minute hyaline scales subtending teh flower in grasses.
Lunate.  Crescent-shaped.
Lyrate.  Pinnatifid, with the terminal lobe or segment considerably larger than the others.

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Volume 1, page xix: 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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