This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A prefix denoting inversion: ob-cordate, obovate, etc.
Rounded or blunt.
odes, oides. - A termination denoting similarity, resemblance.
Egg-shaped in outline.
Applied to the young state of the seed-vessel. Ovule. - The young seed. Paleaceous. - Furnished with chaffy scales, as the receptacle of some