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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Vitta, band, ribbon, strip, stripe; longitudinal rib of a diatom, aromatic oil-tube in fruit of Umbelliferae; “narrow fistulae lodged in the coat of the fruit of Umbellifers, and containing oil” (Lindley); “an oil-tube; a structure commonly present in the pericarp of the Umbelliferae” (Fernald 1950); (in bryology) “a band or ribbon; in liverworts the longitudinal stripe of longer, often thicker-walled cells in a leaf lamina resembling a nerve but only one cell layer thick; e.g. Herbertus” (Magill 1990): vitta,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. vitta, nom. pl. vittae, dat. & abl. pl. vittis; (in bryology) cf. costa;

- vittae tenues vel tenuissimae ad valleculas solitariae inconspicuae, vittae slender or very slender colitary in the furrows inconspicuous.

- vitta marginali cellulis scleroticis formata, with marginal band formed by sclerotic cells (Stearn 1983). not done note formata

- superficie foliari lamellis vel vittis e materia parietali laevi compositis praedita, with the leaf surface provided with lamellae or strips composed of wall material.

- lobis vittis brunneo-vinaceis ornatis, with the lobes decorated with brown-wine colored strips.

- sepala marginibus commissurae incrassatis albidis quasi vittam formantia (F. Mueller), sepals with the margins of the commissures thickened, whitish as if [the sepals] forming a stripe.

- perigonii segmentis elliptico-linearibus extus vitta lata viridi notatis, tribus exterioribus apice subcarinatis (Boissier), with the segments of the perigonium elliptic-linear, outside with marked with a broad green stripe, with the three outer somewhat crested at the apex.

- nunquam vidimus (ut in Eng. Bot. aliisque locis depictae v. descriptae sunt) vittas sub valleculis 2-3-nas, nec (ut in Ledeb. Fl. Ross. descriptae) approximatas, unicam simulantibus (B&H), we have never seen (as described and depicted in Eng. Bot. and other places) the vittae under the valleculae 2-3-together [in groups of 2 or 3], neither (as described in Ledeb. Fl. Ross.) near together, resembling a single one [‘-nas’ is acc. pl. of vittae].

Receptacula caeciformia “(obsol.) The vittae of Umbellifers” (Lindley); vittae are“narrow fistulae [i.e. pipes or ducts] lodged in the coat of the fruit of Umbellifers, and containing oil” (Lindley); perhaps indicating the vitta tubes are closed, or ‘blind,’ at one end..

NOTE: vitta was 'a band worn round the head, a head-band, usually sacred, as of a priest, synonymous with infula,-ae (s.f.I), q.v., and redimiculum,-i (s.n.II), abl. sg. redimiculo.

 

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