hard and brittle, and of close texture, as the stones of plums, etc.
the leaves more or less modified in form, which are seated on the peduncles and pedicels: frequently reduced to mere scales; sometimes highly coloured.
small bracts seated on the flower-stalk.
any short or stiff hair.
terminating gradually in a fine point.
a low shrub, densely branched from the surface of the ground.
densely crowded in turflike patches.
of the nature or appearance of a calyx.
hair-like, both as to size and form.
applied to those slender organs, such as the style, in which the summit is swollen out, somewhat like the head of a pin.
an inflorescence consisting of numerous flowers, sessile or nearly so, collected into a dense mass at the summit of a peduncle.
a dry dehiscent seed-vessel, with one or more cells, and many seeds.
one of the parts, whether combined or distinct, which compose the innermost of the four sets of floral whorls, into which a complete flower is separable.
tough and hard, like the skin of an apple pip.
a form of spiked inflorescence, in which the flowers are unisexual and closely crowded, and the place of each perianth is supplied by a bract.
one of the hollow divisions of the seed-vessel, or anther.
furnished with chaff.
hollowed out and gutterlike.
furnished with cilia, or stif-fish hairs, so as to form a fringe on the margin of an organ.
slender at the base and gradually thickening towards the apex, so as to become club-shaped.
the narrowed base of a petal.
similar parts collected in a close, compact manner.
the solid body formed by the union of the filaments and style, as in Orchids.
the face by which the two parts of the fruit of the Urn-bellifers cohere.
closely agglomerated or pressed together.
where no essential part is wanting, as where a flower is furnished with both stamens and pistils.