Catherine StewartGardenDrum Quiz #3 – Big botanical words

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)

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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


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Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; landscape designer turned landscape design judge and critic; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Original creator of GardenDrum. South Coast NSW.

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