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138   FODDER AND PASTURE PLANTS.

DECUMBENT Bending or lying down, but with the summit ascending.

EMBRYO   The part of the seed which develops into a plant. ENDOSPERM— See page 8.

ERECT—   Straight; upright.

FERTILIZE   To make fruitful.

FERTILIZATION—The process by which the pollen renders the ovule fertile; fruit-making.

GENUS   An assemblage of species possessing certain characteristics in common.

GLABROUS—   Smooth; destitute of hairs.

GLAUCOUS—   Of a sea-green or grayish-blue color.

GLUME—   See page 1o.

HYBRID—   An animal or plant produced from the mixture of two species.

INDIGENOUS— Native to a certain country or district.

INFLORESCENCE The flowering part of a plant, and especially the mode of its arrangement.

INOCULATE—   To furnish the soil with certain kinds of bacteria. INTERNODE— The portion of a stem between two adjacent nodes.

KEEL—   A central ridge, like the keel of a boat ; see also page 16. KNEE-BENT— Bent so as to form an angle.

LATERAL—   Proceeding from the side.

LEAFLET—   A single division of a compound leaf.

LEGUME—   A single seed vessel, having the seeds attached along one side only.

LEGUMINOUS— Pertaining to a legume or to the Leguminosce.

LEMMA—   See page to.

LIGULE—   See page 9.

MIDRIB—   The central or main rib of a leaf.

NODE—   The joint of a stem, or the part where a leaf or several leaves are attached.

NODULE—   A little knot or lump.

OVARY—   The part of the pistil in which the seeds are formed.

PALEA—   See page to.


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