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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
equitans,-antis (part.B): equitant, conduplicate and overlapping in two ranks, the base of the folded outer leaf clasping the base of the one opposite and this in turn clasping the base of the leaf opposite it; “astride; used of conduplicate leaves which enfold each other in two ranks, as in Iris” (Fernald 1950); lit. 'riding,' the lower leaf when turned horizontally seeming to ride upon the one above it (Stearn); straddling the stem like a rider on horseback; referring to the conduplicate and strongly sheathing leaf bases of Fissidens (C&A) [> L. equito,-avi,-atum 1., to ride];

- folia plura, disticha, vaginis compressis equitantia (B&H), leaves many, in two rows, equitant with compressed sheaths.

- foliis coriaceis v.carnosis, nunc rhìzomate in caulem distiche foliatum elongato, foliis brevibus vaginis subequitantibus, (B&H), with leaves leathery or fleshy, sometimes with a rhizome elongated into a stem distichously foliate, with the leaves short sub-equitant to the sheaths.

- folia disticha, vaginis compressis equitantia (B&H), leaves in two rows, equitant, with sheathes compressed.

- folia dum adsint angusta, coriacea, vaginis in caule imbricatis v.regulariter distichis equitantibusque (B&H), the leaves, when present, narrow, leathery, with the sheaths on the stem imbricate or regularly distichous and equitant.

- folia sub pseudobulbo pauca v. interdum 0, plana, coriacea v. rarius papyracea, v. in speciebus ebulbosis basi a latere compressa distiche equitantia (B&H), leaves under the pseudobulb few or sometimes 0, flat, leathery or more rarely papery or in species lacking bulbs at the base compressed from the side distichously equitant.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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