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  • Absorbent refers to a material or substance with the ability to take in and retain liquid or gas through pores or intermolecular spaces. In gardening, an absorbent soil amendment, such as peat moss or coir, can help soil retain moisture and nutrients for plant roots to access.
  • Absorption in plants refers to the process by which roots take in water and dissolved nutrients from the soil. This is a crucial function for plant growth and health, as it allows the plant to access the essential elements required for photosynthesis and other metabolic activities.
  • Acaulescent: Refers to plants that appear to have no stem or have a very short stem concealed by foliage, with leaves and flowers emerging directly from the ground level.
  • Acclimatization in gardening and botany refers to the process by which a plant gradually adapts to a new environment or set of growing conditions. This includes adjusting to factors such as temperature, humidity, light levels, and soil composition, which can differ significantly from the(…)
  • An accumulator plant is a species that absorbs and stores higher levels of specific nutrients from the soil in its tissues than typically found in plants, often used in phytoremediation or as a natural way to enrich soil.
  • Acer, commonly known as maple, is a genus of trees or shrubs known for their distinctive leaf shapes, often with pointed lobes and vivid autumn colors. They are valued for their ornamental qualities, timber, and in some species, maple syrup production.
  • An achene is a type of simple dry fruit that does not open at maturity to release its single seed. The seed remains attached to the ovary wall at a single point, and the outer layer of the ovary wall becomes the fruit’s thin, dry skin. Achenes are commonly found in plants such as sunflowers(…)
  • Acicular refers to a needle-like shape, often used to describe leaves or other plant parts that are long, thin, and pointed, resembling the needles of a pine or fir tree.
  • Acid soil refers to soil with a pH level below 7.0, indicating a higher concentration of hydrogen ions. This type of soil is often suitable for growing acid-loving plants like azaleas and blueberries.
  • Acotyledon: A plant that lacks cotyledons, which are the first leaves that typically appear from a germinating seed. Acotyledons do not have these seed leaves and are generally found among lower plant forms such as ferns and mosses, which reproduce by spores rather than seeds.

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