A BOTANICAL GLOSSARY

with particular emphasis on terms pertaining to the study of carnivorous plants

(rev 1.5 Part G)
Peter Cole - September 1996
Copy freely unaltered for non-commercial purposes.

Glossary Index.


gamete (n)
a specialised cell which unites with another to form a zygote

gemma (n)
a small asexually-formed bud commonly produced by temperate Pinguicula, capable of producing a plant genetically identical to the parent plant

Genlisea (g)
a genus of 15 species found in South and Central America and in Africa, with an unusual 'corkscrew' trap unlike those found in any other genus; sometimes called Corkscrew Plant

genus (n)
a group of related species taxonomically classified within a family

gibberelic acid (n)
a plant hormone that stimulates the growth of shoots and leaves

gibberelin (n)
a plant hormone similar to gibberelic acid

gibbous (adj)
very convex or tumid

gibrous (adj)
swollen at one side

glabrescent (adj)
tending to become glabrous

glabrous (adj)
smooth; hairless

gland (n)
a secreting cell or group of cells on the surface of a plant structure

glandular (adj)
pertaining to the nature or action of glands

glanduliferous (adj)
capable of or engaged in secretion; as a gland

glaucous (adj)
covered in powdery bloom - as of grapes

globose (adj)
forming a nearly true sphere

glomerate (adj)
clustered compactly

gongyloid (adj)
irregularly round in appearance

grumous (adj)
in the form of clustered grains

gynandrous (adj)
with stamens and pistils fused into a column

gynoecium (n)
the carpels of a flower, collectively


(c) Peter Cole 1995

I originally wrote much of this file to help me understand many of the terms employed in Danser's Nepenthes monographs and Obermeyer's work on South African Drosera (both on the CP web site.) I have probably missed a few due to the sheer size of the works. If there any words you feel should be included or redefined (not necessarily from Danser or Obermeyer,) feel free to Email me at:

carnivor@bunyip.demon.co.uk