Glossary of Terms Describing Wildflowers - Page 1
Term Definition
alpine Found above the timber line at high altitudes.
alternate Arranged singly at different heights along the stem.
annual Plant that germinates, flowers, seeds and dies in one year.
anther Pollen-producing segment of the stamen.
armed Has spines, prickles, or thorns to protect itself.
axil The upward angle between the leaf and the stem.
basal Found at or near the base of the plant or plant part.
beard A clump of hairs.
biennial Plant that completes its life cycle in two years.
bipinnate Twice pinnate, leaflets again.
blade The expanded part of the leaf.
brackish Somewhat salty.
bract 1. Small leaf-like structure associated with an inflorescence. 2. Small scale or leaf-like structure on a stem.