from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In botany, same as plantlet; also, the embryo of a plant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) The embryo which has begun its development in the act of germination.
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- noun botany The
embryowhich has begun its development in the act of germination.
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If this be the case the parasitism is the reverse of that which occurs in Cuscuta, in which the plantule draws its first nourishment from the earth, relinquishing this when sufficiently developed to enable it to draw its supply from other plants.
"At first the radicle or root would begin by growing upwards, and the plantule or germ would descend."
"No, but suppose you were to plant it upside down, with the plantule above and the radicle below; do you think it would grow that way?"
On the 40th day the cavity now grown larger was quite filled with the body, which was covered with a thin membrane; after this membrane was removed the body appeared of a bright green, and was easily divided by the point of a needle into two portions, which manifestly formed the two lobes, and within these attached to the lower part the exceedingly small plantule was easily perceived.
That the ripe seed consists of two lobes adhering to a plantule, and surrounded by a thin membrane which is itself covered with a husk or cuticle.
That after fecundation a body begins to appear within the cavity fixed by two points to the sides, which in process of time proves to be two lobes containing a plantule.