Definition of velamen in English:


Line breaks: ve¦la|men
Pronunciation: /vɪˈleɪmən

noun (plural velamina /-mɪnə/)

  • An outer layer of empty cells in the aerial roots of epiphytic orchids and aroids.
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    • Over watering turns the velamen brown and mushy and the roots lose their ability to absorb water.
    • When water is in short supply, the dry velamen restricts water loss from the roots.
    • The role of the velamen is to absorb moisture from the ambient atmosphere, and, may be, to protect from cold or heat.


late 19th century: from Latin, from velare 'to cover'.

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