pa·​ras·​ti·​chy | \ pəˈrastəkē \
plural -es

Definition of parastichy

: a hypothetical oblique or secondary spiral line joining leaves or scales where the internodes of the axis are short and the members crowded (as in a pine cone) also : the arrangement of leaves or scales along such lines — compare orthostichy

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History and Etymology for parastichy

International Scientific Vocabulary para- entry 1 + Greek stichos row + International Scientific Vocabulary -y

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“Parastichy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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