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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Torus,-i (s.m.II), abl.sg. toro, nom. pl. tori, acc. pl. toros, dat. & abl. pl. toris: any round swelling, a protuberance, a knot in a rope; torus, receptacle, the receptacle of a flower; the small thickening in the middle of the closing membrane of a bordered pit; “the receptacle of a flower, that portion of the axis on which the parts of the flower are inserted; when elongated it becomes the gonophore and gynophore” (Jackson) [> L. torus,-i (s.m.II), any round swelling, a protuberance, such as a knot in a rope; a mound or elevation of earth]; see torosus,-a,-um (adj.A); see recptacle;

- torus tubum ovarii vestiens, sulcatus, villosus, the torus covering the tube of the ovary, sulcate, villous.

- stamina petalorum numero dupla toro inserta (DeCandolle), the stamens two times the number of the petals, inserted on the torus [i.e. receptacle],

Effiguratio,-onis (s.f.III), abl. sg. effiguratione: an effiguration; effiguations are “outgrowths of the receptacle or torus, as in Passiflora, Capparis, etc.” (Jackson).

Gonophore, “a short stalk which bears the stamens and carpels in such plants as Anonads, &c.” (Lindley); “an elongation of the axis, a receptacle bearing stamens and carpels, as in Capparis” (Jackson); gonophorum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. gonophoro.

Gynophore, “the stalk of the ovary, within the origin of the calyx” (Lindley); ‘the stipe of a pistil” (Jackson).

Receptacle, q.v., the end of the flower stalk upon which the floral organs of a single flower are borne; or the florets of a flower head; “the more or less expanded or produced portion of an axis which bears the organs of a flower (the torus) or the collected flowers of a head; and similar structure in Cryptogams” (Fernald 1950): receptaculum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. receptaculo.

Thalamus,-i (s.m.II), q.v., abl.sg. thalamo: the receptacle or torus of the flower. Torus = thalamus: “the receptacle of a flower; the part on which the carpels are placed” (Lindley); see thalamus,-i (s.m.II).

 

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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