Need help with terminology

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Texas Wildflowers, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Texas Wildflowers

    Texas Wildflowers Member

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    Looking at the Flora of North American key for Zephyranthes. The first key says either
    Stigma capitate or Stigma 3-fid. Fairly sure I understand capitate but what is 3-fig?
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    3-fid (not 3-fig!) is shorthand for trifid, i.e., divided into three points. Quite why they don't spell out trifid (only one more character than 3-fid), I don't know. Maybe because they think people will get confused with fictional predatory plants??
     

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