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( Әkā'shӘ ), any plant of the large leguminous genus Acacia, often thorny shrubs and trees of the family Leguminosae ( pulse family). Chiefly of the

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name for a small tree ( Prunus amygdalus ) of the family Rosaceae ( rose family) and for the nutlike, edible seed of its drupe fruit. The “nuts” of

Amaryllis (Genus)

( ăm´´Әrĭl'ĭs ), common name for some members of the Amaryllidaceae, a family of mostly perennial plants with narrow, flat leaves and with lilylike

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Aphids are remarkable, evolutionarily exquisite creatures, and are among the most successful insects. Aphid evolution has been shaped through

Open Apomixis

Reproduction in flowering plants without the fusion of gametes. The term covers all types of asexual reproduction, including vegetative reproduction

Open Apples

Fruit of several species of apple tree. There are several hundred varieties of cultivated apples, grown all over the world, which may be divided into


[Gr.,=star], common name for the Asteraceae (Compositae), the aster family, in North America, name for plants of the genus Aster, sometimes called

Open Bananas

name for several species of the genus Musa and for the fruits these produce. The banana plant—one of the largest herbaceous plants—is native to

Open Beans

name applied to the seeds of leguminous trees and shrubs and to various leguminous plants of the family Leguminosae ( pulse family) with edible seeds

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Botanical gardens

public place in which plants are grown both for display and for scientific study. An arboretum is a botanical garden devoted chiefly to the growing of