from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Botany Arranged in two vertical rows on opposite sides of an axis: distichous leaves.

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  • adj. Arranged in two rows on each side of an axis

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Disposed in two rows; biserial; bifarious; dichotomous; specifically, in botany, arranged alternately in two vertical ranks upon opposite sides of the axis, as the leaves of grasses, elms, etc. Also distich.


From Latin distichus, having two rows, from Greek distikhos; see distich.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • JM is planting beans in distichous manner! Sort of a two bean mix really!

    September 22, 2010