adapted from Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge by Ron Lance. Used by permission.
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Monoecious plants ... the pistillate and staminate flowers are separate but on the same individual.
Dioecious plants have either pistillate or staminate flowers only — thus individual plants are of one sex.
Polygamous plants have unisexual and bisexual flowers.
Inflorescences: Flowers occurring in groups or clusters are arranged in some particular form called an inflorescence. Bracts are often seen on flower stalks within, or on basal areas of inflorescences. Some common inflorescence types of woody plants are:
Plant Morphology Terms
- Leaves & Leaves
- Flowers & Flowers
- Fruit & Fruit and Seed
- General Terms
- Palms & Palmettos glossary
- Palms & Palmettos pictorial glossary
- The Blue Ridge
- North Carolina (PDF)
- South Carolina (PDF)
- SC's Wildflower Communities
- The Southeast Mountains
From Wayne's Word, an online textbook of natural history
- Flower Terminology #1
- Flower Terminology #2
- Flower Terminology #3
- Inflorescence Terminology #1
- Inflorescence Terminology #2
- Leaf Terminology #1
- Leaf Terminology #2
- Fruit Terminology #1
- Fruit Terminology #2
- Fruit Terminology #3
- Fruit Terminology #4
From vPlants: a Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region
From Vascular Plant Systematics, by Radford, Dickison, Massey, and Bell
From the Plant Information Center at UNC, Chapel Hill
From the Native Plant Trust GoBotany project
From the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
From the Northern Ontario Plant Database
From the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life
From the Australian Pea-flowered Legume Research Group