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A Brief Introduction to the Terminology of Flowering Plants

  • Flowers
  • Flower heads of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)
  • Inflorescences (flower clusters)
  • Fruits
  • Leaves
  • Arrangement
  • Types
  • Shape
  • Margins
  • Tips
  • Bases
  • Special Glossary for Prairie Wildflowers poster published by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in July 2004
  • For a much more complete introduction to the structure and terminology used in flowering plants, see Digital Flowers, the courseware used in the Plant Systematics (Taxonomy) class at the University of Illinois.

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