Glossary (a brief sample of excerpts)
Achene - the small hard seed of a sedge; 1-locular, 1-seeded.
Acuminate - tapering gradually to sharp point.
Acute - sharp more abrupt point.
Aggregate - crowded into a cluster, but not cohering.
Annual - completing full life cycle in one year.
Anther - the pollen-bearing part of a stamen (male flower part).
Anthesis - during the time of flowering.
Appressed - lying flat against.
Aristate - with bristle or awn at the tip.
Ascending - rising up obliquely, at an angle, or curving upward; neither straight up, nor prostrate.
Awn - bristle or hair-like projection from a grass flower.
Axil - the angle formed between two objects.
Barbed - with short back-pointing hooks or bristles.
Blade - the widened part of a flat object (leaf or petal).
Bract - a modified leaf against the base of a flower or an inflorescence.
Bracteole - a special leaf against the bottom of something, usually a flower.
Carinate - keeled.
Carpel - a simple pistil, or one part of a compound pistil.
Cespitose - as sedges, growing in dense mats or tufts.
Channeled - with conspicuous groove.
Complete flower - having sepals, petals, stamens and pistil.
Compressed - flattened from side-to-side, like a sunfish.
Convolute - rolled up longitudinally.
Corolla - all the petals of a flower.
Culm - the aboveground stem or stalk of a grass or sedge.