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AggregateDense structures with varied angles of divergence
Aggregate fruitA cluster of fruits that stick together or are fused, originating from two or more separate pistils ...
AianthousWith flowers appearing throughout the year
AlateWinged
AlbuminousWith food reserve in endosperm or albumen, derived from fertilized polar nuclei
AlgaA simple and primitive group of photosynthetic organisms formerly placed in the Plant Kingdom but no...
AlgaeA simple and primitive group of photosynthetic organisms formerly placed in the Plant Kingdom but no...
AllagostemonousHaving stamens attached to petal and torus alternately
AllautogamyCross- and self-fertilization in same plant, as in Viola
AllogamyCross-fertilization in plants
AllopatricIsolated, separated
AlluvialSoil composed of sand, clay or silt which has been dispersed by water.
AlternatePositioned singly at different heights on the stem; one leaf occurring at each node. (Compare with o...g-alternate-aestivation.png
AlveolateHoney-combed
AmentA unisexual spike or elongate axis with simple dichasia that falls as a unit after flowering or frui...
AmorphicFlowers without symmetry; usually with an indefinite number of stamens and carpels, and usually subt...g-amorphic.png
AmphicarpousWith fruits in two environments; e.g., aerial and subterranean
AmphiflorousFlowers above and below ground, as in Amphicarpum
AmphisarcaA berry-like succulent fruit with a crustaceous or woody rind, as in Lagenaria
AmphitropousWith body bent or curved on both sides so that the micropyle is near the medially attached funiculusg-amphitropous.png
AmplexicaulCompletely clasping the stemg-amplexicaul.png
AmplexicauleSee amplexicaul.
AmpliateEnlarged; dilated
AnadromousHaving the first lobe or segment of a pinna arising basiscopically in compound leaves
AnandrousNo stamens or androecium
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