Zea is a genus of plants in the grass family. The best-known species is Zea mays, also known as maize or corn and one of the most important crops for human societies over much of the world.
The Yukka is a popular indoor and outdoor plant, recognisable by its rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of whitish flowers.
The internal angle formed between a leaf or its petiole and the stem of a plant.
Viscid means covered in a sticky exudation.
Ulex (gorse, furze or whin) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Fabaceae.
A good crumbly soil structure produced by careful cultivation and soil improvement. A fine ’tilth’ will be level and free of large lumps of soil and stones – ideal for sowing seeds.
A term used to describe a plant that scrambles and climbs but which is not self-clinging. An example of this is honeysuckle.
Some plants have a second flush of flowers and are termed ‘remontant’. The second display is usually slightly inferior to the first. Lupin is a good example.
Quilled is a term used to describe leaves or petals which are tubular for much of their length.
Paired leaves that grow around a stem and are joined at the base so that the stem appears to grow through the centre of a single leaf, for example honeysuckle and juvenile eucalyptus.
A young plant reproduced asexually by the parent, usually at the base.
Nuciferous means nut bearing – used to describe plants that form nuts.
Derived from the Latin noun litus, litoris, meaning “shore”, the word Littoral is used to describe plants that inhabit the seashore.
The process of temporarily removing a containerised plant from its pot to check the condition of its rootball.