DECIDUOUS

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A tree or plant that loses its 'living' leaves during winter

 

The plant no longer sends nutrients to the leaf, effectively cutting it off from the rest of the plant. The leaves then turn brown, rich ochres, or purples. In temperate or polar climates this coincides with autumn. In warmer areas such as tropical, subtropical and arid regions it coincides with the dry season. Even though the leaves turn colour, not all deciduous plants shed their leaves.

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As a specific epithet

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deciduus | decidua | deciduum

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EVERGREEN

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A tree or plant that retains its green leaves throughout the year

 

An evergreen plant loses its leaves gradually throughout the year and never at once. It is in a continuing process of growing new leaves and shedding old ones. Evergreen plants can be found within cold climates, as well as rainforests. When you see the botanical name of a plant and the second part of its name is sempervirens, rest assured that it is an evergreen.

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As a specific epithet

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sempervirens


More Botanical Terms

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modified on 2016, April 25th.

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