rhizocarpous

adjective

rhi·​zo·​car·​pous
¦rīzō¦kärpəs
variants or rhizocarpic
-pik
1
: having perennial underground parts but annual stems and foliage
used of perennial herbs
2
: producing hypogeal cleistogamous flowers

Word History

Etymology

rhizocarpous from rhiz- + -carpous; rhizocarpic International Scientific Vocabulary rhiz- + -carpic

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“Rhizocarpous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhizocarpous. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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