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Flower, Leaf and Plant Forms

Illustrations I

When speaking of plants it is always helpful to use a standardized set of descriptions to aid identification.  The following illustrations and terms will help you to better identify the plants that you may be looking for or have questions about.

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Terms used above:

  • Flower Types -- Spike, Raceme, Corymb, Panicle, Umbel, Cyme
  • Corolla Shapes -- Rotate, Campanulate, Funnelform, Urceolate, Salverform
  • Tree and Shrub Shapes -- Low Trailing, Round Compact, Horizontal Spreading, Erect, Arching, Upright, Cone, Column, Weeping, Globe, Fastigiate

Source:   Tropical Gardening

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Last updated 06/03/08