Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plant Glossary
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- macrophyte search for term
- - n. (Gr. makros, large; phyton, plant) a member of the macroscopic plant life especially of a body of water; large aquatic plant; the term 'aquatic macrophyte' has no taxonomic significance.
- macroscopic search for term
- - a. (Gr. makros, large; skopein, to view) items large enough to be observed by the naked eye.
- marcescent search for term
- - a. (L. marcescere, to wither) withering but remaining persistent.
- marsh search for term
- - n. (ME. mersh, meadowland) a tract of wet land principally inhabitated by emergent herbaceous vegetation.
- membranous search for term
- - a. (L. membrana, mem- brane) having a thin, soft, pliable texture.
- mericarp search for term
- - one of the two carpels that resembles achenes and forms the schizocarp of an umbelliferous plant.
- mesic search for term
- - a. (Gr. mesos, middle) conditioned by temperate moist climate; neither xerix nor hydric; pertaining to conditions of medium moisture supply.
- microphyllidious search for term
- - small, leaf-shaped.
- mire search for term
- - n. - synonymous with any peat-accumulating wetland.
- moniliform search for term
- - a. (L. monile, necklace; forma, shape) constricted laterally and appearing beadlike.
- monoclinous search for term
- - a. (Gr. monos, single, alone; kline, bed) having both stamens and pistils in the same flower.
- monocotyledons search for term
- - n. (Gr. monos, single; kotyledon, cup-shaped hollow) a class of angiosperms having an embryo with only one cotyledon, part of the flower usually in threes, leaves with parallel veins, and scattered vascular bundles.
- monoecious search for term
- - a. (Gr. monos, single; oikos, house) a plant having unisexual male and female flowers on the same individual; said of a plant having unisexual flowers.
- monotypic search for term
- - a. (Gr. monos, only; typos, type) a plant of only one type.
- moor search for term
- - n. (ME. mor, fr. OE mor; akin MD. moer, mire, swamp) chiefly British: an extensive area of open rolling infertile land consisting of sand, rock, or peat usually covered with heather, bracken, coarse grass and sphagnum moss; a boggy area of wasteland usually dominated by grasses and sedges growing in a thick layer of peat.
- morphology search for term
- - n. (G. morphologie, fr. Gr. morph - (fr. morphe, form) + G. -logie, -logy, more at form) a branch of biology that deals with the form and structure of animals and plants, a study of the forms, relationships, metamorphoses, and phylogenetic development of organs apart from their functions.
- mucro search for term
- - n. (L. mucro, sharp point) a stiff or sharp point abruptly terminating an organ; a small awn.
- muricate search for term
- - a. (L. muricatus, having sharp points) having a rough surface texture owing to small, sharp projections.