plant nomenclature

No other professional argot is so delightfully obscure as that of the botanist. Anyone who has ever read a rigorous taxonomical description of a plant knows well what I mean. The specialized vocabulary used to describe leaf, stem, and flower shapes takes diligent study and either frequent use or brute-force memorization to master. This wonderful drawing, however, does much to ease the process. Entitled Diagrammatic Drawing of an Imaginary Plant Showing Different Characteristics, this image, redrawn from Margaret Senior's original in A.M. Blombery's Australian Native Plants, is a wonderfully concise visual dictionary of plant nomenclature. It is reproduced here for your pleasure and use; besides the thumbnail below, the image is available as a large (12 Mb) device-independent bitmap and as an SVG file.

An imaginary, nomenclaturally comprehensive plant.