from The Century Dictionary.
- Embracing the stem with its base; amplexicaul, as a leaf or petiole.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective (Bot.) Embracing the stem with its base; amplexicaul, as a leaf or petiole.
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The leaves of the stems, as already stated, are stem-clasping, and differ in shape.
They have very short pedicels, and the whorl is supported by a bract of stem-clasping leaves, cupped, and variously shaped, as ovate and beaked; there are also supplementary bracteoles.
It was sent to me as the dwarf _Aster dumosus_, which it much resembles in the leaves, these being spoon-shaped from the roots, the others tongue-shaped and stem-clasping, but rougher and lighter green.
The shortest and, perhaps, best description of its flowers will be given when I say they are white _Buttercups_, produced on stout stems nearly a foot high, which are also furnished by entire stem-clasping leaves, whence its name; other leaves are of varying forms, mostly broadly lance-shaped, and some once-notched; those of the root are nearly spoon-shaped.
The leaves are long, thick, with membranous sheaths, alternate and stem-clasping, or semi-cylindrical; the upper parts are lanceolate, dilated, subulate, and of a pale green colour.
The flowers are green and insignificant -- in fact, hardly visible, and must be closely looked for; they are produced singly on the riper parts of the soft wooded branches; they are chubby forms, all but stalkless, and supported by a brown stem-clasping sheath, which is long-pointed and bent backwards, resembling a spine; these sheaths are numerous, and probably suggested the specific name, _setosus_ -- rough or bristly.
The leaves are pale green, very hairy, many-ribbed, stem-clasping, alternate, ovate, and slightly wavy; the lower ones are
The leaves are small -- little more than half an inch long -- and ovate, slightly cupped, stem-clasping, and opposite.