n. cladode, flattened stem that looks like a leaf and functions like it as well

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Cladophyll — Cladophylls also called cladodes are photosynthetic branches or portions of a stem that resemble and function as a leaf, as in the asparagus. Cladophylls are flattened, modified stems that resemble leaves, many cacti (especially Opuntia ) and… …   Wikipedia

  • smilax — noun Etymology: Latin, bindweed, yew, from Greek Date: 1551 1. greenbrier 2. a tender twining asparagus (Asparagus asparagoides) of southern Africa that has ovate bright green cladophylls which are often used in floral arrangements …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Petiole (botany) — For the moth genus, see Phyllodes (moth). Leaf of Dog Rose (Rosa canina), showing the petiole, two leafy stipules, and five leaflets …   Wikipedia

  • angiosperm — /an jee euh sperrm /, n. Bot. a plant having its seeds enclosed in an ovary; a flowering plant. Cf. gymnosperm. [ANGIO + SPERM] * * * ▪ plant Introduction       any member of the more than 300,000 species of flowering plants (division Anthophyta) …   Universalium

  • butcher's broom — noun shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms • Syn: ↑Ruscus aculeatus • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Ruscus, ↑genus Ruscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ruscus aculeatus — noun shrub with stiff flattened stems resembling leaves (cladophylls); used for making brooms • Syn: ↑butcher s broom • Hypernyms: ↑shrub, ↑bush • Member Holonyms: ↑Ruscus, ↑genus Ruscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • butcher's-broom — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun (plural butcher s brooms) : a European leafless plant (Ruscus aculeatus) that bears stiff pointed cladophylls and is often cultivated for its twigs which are used for ornament and for whisk brooms * * * /booch euhrz broohm ,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • emerald feather — noun : a commonly cultivated ornamental asparagus (Asparagus sprengeri) with long slender wiry or drooping stems bearing flat slender pointed cladophylls, tiny stellate pink blossoms in axillary inflorescences, and bright red berries …   Useful english dictionary

  • muehlenbeckia — ˌmyülənˈbekēə noun Usage: capitalized Etymology: New Latin, from H. G. Mühlenbeck died 1845 Alsatian physician + New Latin ia : a genus of somewhat woody erect or climbing plants (family Polygonaceae) that are native to temperate parts of the… …   Useful english dictionary

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