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herbaceous plant

(Encyclopedia)herbaceous plant hûrbāˈshəs [key], plant whose stem is soft and green and shows little growth of wood. The term is used to distinguish such plants from woody plants. Herbaceous plants, or herbs, a...

woody plant

(Encyclopedia)woody plant: see herbaceous plant. ...

plant

(Encyclopedia)plant, any organism of the plant kingdom, as opposed to one of the animal kingdom or of the kingdoms Fungi, Protista, or Monera in the five-kingdom system of classification. (A more recent system, sug...

stem

(Encyclopedia)stem, supporting structure of a plant, serving also to conduct and to store food materials. The stems of herbaceous and of woody plants differ: those of herbaceous plants are usually green and pliant ...

air plant

(Encyclopedia)air plant: see epiphyte.

ice plant

(Encyclopedia)ice plant, low, fleshy plant (Cryophytum crystalinum) of warm, dry, barren regions. It is cultivated chiefly as a curiosity because of its leaves, densely coated with small, glistening, bladder-shaped...

oyster plant

(Encyclopedia)oyster plant, name for several plants, among them the salsify. ...

dioecious plant

(Encyclopedia)dioecious plant dīēˈshəs [key], plant in which the male and female reproductive structures are found in different individuals, as distinct from a monoecious plant (see hermaphrodite), in which the...

compass plant

(Encyclopedia)compass plant or rosinweed, large, coarse North American perennial herb (Silphium laciniatum) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), found chiefly in open grasslands. The deeply cut leaves tend to p...

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