Incubous

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The leaves of Calypogeia are incubous.

The term incubous describes the way in which the leaves of a liverwort are attached to the stem. If one were to look down from above (dorsal side) on a plant where the leaf attachment is incubous, the upper edge of each leaf would overlap the next higher leaf along the stem; because of this, the upper edge of each leaf is visible from above, but the lower edge of each leaf is obscured by its neighboring leaf.[1] The opposite of incubous is succubous.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wigginton, M. J., ed. (2004). E.W. Jones's Liverwort and Hornwort Flora of West Africa. Scripta Botanica Belgica. Meise, Belgium: National Botanic Garden. p. 17.

External links[edit]

The dictionary definition of incubous at Wiktionary