from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young or small plant.
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- n. young or small plants used as propagules.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small, undeveloped, or rudimentary plant. Also plantule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a young plant or a small plant
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Mine even boasted a Keikis Hawaiian for baby or child, a small plantlet growing off a branch of the main plant, and which can be repotted, along with the roots growing with it, to create a whole new plant and years more of bargain-basement growing and viewing pleasure.
(A propagule is any part of a plant that can separate from the parent and grow into a new plant, for example, a seed, an agave aerial plantlet, a cholla joint.)
Two Heliamphoras pulchella and minor ‘Chiamanta’, two pots of Utricularia nelumbifolia, a bromeliad that has a utric plantlet in it, and a sundew:
The disadvantage of adventitious plantlet formation is that genetic variability often increases, especially when the plantlets are derived from callus.
It has come from a tiny helpless seed to a living plantlet with the smallest stem and root, and while the stem fights for a place in the air the root never ceases to get a strong hold of the dear earth in which the plant finds its home.
And so if we choose a large seed, we have chosen a greater amount of food for the plantlet.
See the bean plantlet, big, sturdy, fellow, is still clinging to its seed leaves or cotyledons, its baby nourishment.
This little plantlet feeds upon this stored food until its roots are prepared to do their work.
The radicle of the dodder fixes itself in the earth, and the little stem rises as in other dicotyledons; but soon (for the plantlet could not live long thus) this stem, which is as slender as a thread, seeks support upon some neighboring plant, and produces upon its surfaces of contact one or more little protuberances that shortly afterward adhere firmly to the support and take on the appearance and functions of cupping glasses.
A year ago I sowed seed by the ounce each of A. alpina and of A. sulphurea, but as yet not a single plantlet has rewarded me for my trouble.