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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Update: June 2012