I love BIG BOTANICAL WORDS. Whenever I come across a new and interesting word in my gardening research, I write it down. I’ve tried hard to work them into everyday conversations without much success – as it turns out, opportunities to use ‘totipotency’ arise quite infrequently, although I’m sure ‘helical perversion’ has distinct possibilities.
So I figured a word quiz was the next most useful employment for them.
How many do you know? (Click each word to turn over its meaning)
Good luck! And, if you’re the imaginative type, why not add a comment below if you have an interesting alternative meaning.
THANKS TO JENNIFER STACKHOUSE for these great alternative meanings!
Abscission zone – the brown strip around the edge of the lawn or fence line where someone’s been busy with the glyphosate.
Graft chimeras – blue passionfruit that infiltrates your edible passionfruit vine from below the graft
Recalcitrant seeds – seed packets that hide themselves until after you’ve brought more ’cause you couldn’t find the ones you planted last week
Monoecious – one house, two gardeners, no harmony