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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Ament, catkin; “a catkin. A deciduous spike of unisexual apelatous flowers” (Lindley); “a spike of flowers usually bracteate, and frequently deciduous” (Jackson); catkin, or dry scaly spike, usually unisexual, such as the inflorescence of willows [Salix], birches [Betula], [Alder (Alnus)] etc., and at least the staminate inflorescence in hickories [Carya] and some other genera” (Fernald 1950); “a unisexual spike or elongate axis with simple dichasia that falls as a unit after flowering or fruiting;” flowers sessile” (Radford et al., 1974): amentum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. amento, nom. & acc. pl. amenta, dat. & abl. pl. amentis; see catkin; see spike;

- amenta villosa erecta densa ante foliorum evolutionem prodeuntia, catkins villous erect dense before unfolding of leaves produced (Stearn).

- amenta gemmulifera, female catkins.

- praeter ligna alias etiam quisquilias varias epigaeas occupat: ita v. c. praegrandem in amentis populinis dejectis putrefactis vidimus etc. (S&A), in addition to woods, it occupies also various refuse lying on the ground: thus very large [vidi cultam, I have seen it grown] on the rotted, fallen catkins of Poplar.

NOTE: nucamentum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. nucamento: “(obsol.) an amentum or catkin” (Lindley).

 

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