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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
plus (adv. compar.): (in quantity) ‘more;’ (in degree) magis (adv.) ‘more;’

plus minus; plus vel minus; plus minusve, more or less [plus (adv.) ‘more,’ minus (adv.) ‘less’]; see ‘somewhat;’

- petala in generibus Ordinibusve staminibus monadelpbis donatis tubo stamineo saepius plus minus adhaerent, et corollam gamopetalam simulant (B&H), the petals in genera or orders provided with monadelphous stamens are more often more or less adherent to the stamen-tube, and resemble a gamopetalous corolla.

- embryo nunc periphericus plus minusve incurvus , rarissime rectus centralis, (DeCandolle), the embryo sometimes peripheric [i.e. coiled round the outside of the albumen], or more or less incurved, very rarely straight, central.

- embryo plus minus curvatus, periphericus v. in seminibus discoideis subrectus, excentricus (B&H), the embryo more or less curved, peripheric [i.e. coiled around the albumen] or nearly straight in discoid seeds, off-center.

- (algae) siccata sistit maculam veluti pictam plus minus dilute viridem, nitentem, versus marginem sensim evanescentem (Agardh), when dry it displays a blotch as if painted, more or less weakly green, shining, toward the margin gradually vanishing.

- capsula valvis nunc placentas centrales liberantibus, nunc saepius margine plus minus involuto v . intus intra marginem v. superfice fere tota placentiferis (B&H), the capsule with valves sometimes freeing the central placentas, sometimes more often with the margin more or less infolded or inside between the margin or almost the whole surface placentiferous.

- [lichen] thallus albidus granuloso-confluens subverrucosus, plagulas minores formans plus minus discretas (Nyl.), the thallus almost white, granulose-confluent, nearly verrucose, forming smaller more or less discrete colonies.

- hi characteres tamen plus minus obvii sunt in plurimis aliis speciebus sectionis Hibbertiae, etsi non omnes in eadem stirpe (B&H), yet these characters are more or less encountered in very many other species of the section Hibbertia, although not all on the same stock [i.e. lineage].

- seminis integumentum 3-plex; exterius (Epidermis Gaertn. DC.) membranaceum tenuissimum adhaerens, versus hilum plus minus in carunculam (Arillum incompletum Gaertn.) incrassatus (DeCandolle), the integument [i.e. covering] of the seed is 3-fold; the outer (the epidermis, Gaertn. DC.) membranaceous, very thin, adherent, toward the hilum thickened more or less into a caruncle (the incomplete Aril Gaertn.).

- THECA figuram obverse ovatam, plus vel minus oblongam, habet (Hedwig), the theca possesses an obversely ovate, more or less oblong shape.

- stipes albidus, deorsum plus minusve incrassatus (S&A), the stipe whitish, downwardly more or less thickened.

- (moss) RADICES baseos aeque ac supra eandem e foliorum alis oriundae, plus minus breves, simplices, veteranae rariter divisae (Hedwig), the roots [i.e. radicles] of the base evenly or above them arisen from the wings [i.e. the laminae or blades] of the leaves, more or less short, simple [i.e. undivided], mature [radicles] rarely divided.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
Copyright © P. M. Eckel 2010-2017

 
 
 
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