I recently published an article about terms and definitions regarding
plants which I think are very helpful to know.
Following is Part One of the article series....
Plumeria plants are gaining more and more popularity worldwide as more
information about growing and rooting methods become available. For the
average gardener it is important to understand the lingo he/she
encounters when reading about tropical plants, plumeria plants in
This is part one of a multiple part series of terms for plumeria
gardeners. The list of terms is in alphabetical order and can easily be
filed for future reference. This reference series is very helpful when
communicating with other knowledgeable plant lovers and gardeners . By
using the same terms describing issues about plumerias moves the
discussion along since these terms have you speaking the same language.
Following are the terms that are helpful knowing when reading about
plumeria plants, and tropical plants in general.
is the male reproductive part of flowers. This is actual the
part which contains the pollen.
describes the time and the process of budding, including the
opening of flowers. One synonym for Anthesis is blossoming.
is the terminal bud which develops at the tip of the
is described as the angle between the upper surface of the leaf
and the stem to which it is attached.
are small bulges, knobs, or swellings on stems or branches. These
buds contain an undeveloped flower, leaf, or shoot. This general term
covers all the multiple type buds, not just the 'flower bud'.
drop is the premature dropping of the flower buds before they had
a chance to fully open.
is the thickened tissue which is developed by woody plants to
can be described as a ring of tissue which is found in woody
seed plants. Cork is produced on the outside of the ring and primary
tissue on the inside. This primary tissue is composed of thin-walled
is a genetic mutation in plants. It can cause part of the
plant or all of the plant to have a different appearance when compared
to the original plant.
is the green pigment of plants which traps the energy of
the sun for photosynthesis.
is described as the outer layer of the bark.
is the term used to describe all petals of one flower.
is the outer portion of stems and roots.
are the first emerging leaves of seedlings. Cotyledons are
not considered true leaves. They provide the seedlings with
nourishments until the true leaves have developed.
is the premature demise of seedlings which is many times
caused by overcrowding and overwatering of seedlings.
are plants which lose their leaves during a specific
are plants which maintain their foliage throughout
describes all sepals and petals of one flower.
is an individual flower in a flower cluster.
is the term used for plants which flower abundantly.
are reproductive structures of some seed bearing plants.
is a collective term for a wide variety of organisms which
reproduce by spores.
is described as any toxin which kills or prevents the growth
of fungi. Note: fungi is plural for fungus.
is any bisexual plant which means that the flower
contains both stamens and pistils.
are plants which grow naturally in a particular
is the term used to describe a flower cluster or a
characteristic arrangement of flowers on a stem.
is any chemical substance which is used to kill insects.
Part One covers letters *A through I*
. Part Two of this Plant Terms
Series will begin with the letter *J*
. Stay tuned for Part Two with
the remaining alphabetical listings of terms and definitions from the
world of plumeria plants and tropical plants in general.