A BOTANICAL GLOSSARY

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

(rev 1.5 Part U)
Peter Cole - September 1996
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Glossary Index.

umbonate (adj)
bossed; round in shape, with a rounded projection in the centre

umbraculiform (adj)
umbrella-shaped

uncate (adj)
terminated by a sharply curved hook

uncinate (adj)
terminated by a sharply curved hook

undulate (adj)
wavy; alternately concave and convex

unequal (adj)
unsymmetrical

unequilateral (adj)
unsymmetrical

unguiculate (adj)
of petals tapering to a narrow base

unilocular (adj)
single-chambered

upper pitcher (n)
the form of Nepenthes pitcher found on the upper portion of the plant. See also lower pitcher

urceolate (adj)
pitcher-shaped; as campaniform, but with the orifice more contracted

Utricularia (g)
an extremely widespread genus of over 200 species including aquatic , epiphytic and terrestrial species; bladderwort


(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