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fruticose Syllabification: fru·ti·cose
Pronunciation: /ˈfro͞otiˌkōs/ /-ˌkōz/

Definition of fruticose in English:


(Of a lichen) having upright or pendulous branches.
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  • This tome includes detailed entries on more than 800 foliose, fruticose, and crustose lichens; essays on the biology, structure, uses, and ecological significance of these plants; and hundreds of color photographs.
  • Examples of fruticose microlichens include Calicium, Chaenotheca, Gyalideopsis, and Microlychnus.
  • Where thriving foliose and fruticose lichens can be found, the environment is clean and healthy.


Mid 17th century: from Latin fruticosus, from frutex, frutic- 'bush, shrub'.

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