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Name: Tony
Status: educator
Grade: 9-12
Location: CA
Country: USA
Date: Spring 2012

What is the name of a botanical beard?

A "botanical beard" is sometimes used as a "crossword" clue for aristae (awns or bristles) on plants.

The following may be helpful:

arist- referring to a beard (hairy, bristly) (aristatus / aristosus) barbat- bearded (barbatus) barbi- referring to beards or barbs (barbigera = bearing barbs) pogo- referring to a beard (Pogostemon = bearded stamen) -pogon referring to a beard (Andropogon = man/male + beard)

Anthony R. Brach, PhD Missouri Botanical Garden/Harvard University Herbaria

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