A living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll
Take action that is intended to prevent trouble, but which actually brings it about
a pot plant
the plant commenced production in June
A car factory.
Any of various dense low-growing plants which cover the ground in a mat.
Any of various plants yielding an oil; specifically (a) sesame, Sesamum indicum; (b) bok choy, Brassica chinensis; (c) regional (Irish English), sundew, Drosera rotundifolia. Now usually with distinguishing word, as in castor-oil plant.
Garden rhubarb, Rheum× hybridum.
US a bed of earth used for germinating seeds and growing young plants, formerly especially tobacco seedlings.
Any hemipteran insect that infests and feeds on plants; especially (a) a mirid; (b) an aphid.
Wax obtained from plants; a particular kind of this.
A tropical American plant that grows on trees as an epiphyte, with long, narrow leaves that absorb water and nutrients from the atmosphere
A garden plant that is planted singly to stand out against the surrounding plants
An aromatic Eurasian plant of the rue family, with showy white flowers and fragrant leaves that emit a flammable vapour. This can sometimes be ignited without harming the plant
Either of two succulent plants which are widely cultivated for their flowers:
A plant grown or suitable for growing in a flowerpot, especially indoors
Usually in plural A plant whose remains occur fossilized in coal deposits.
Any plant which provides a particularly valuable nectar source for bees, and hence useful in the production of honey.
Any plant of the tropical genus Kalanchoe (formerly Bryophyllum) (family Crassulaceae), many members of which bear plantlets on their leaf margins.
US = milk pea.
The caper spurge, Euphorbia lathyris, reputed to protect garden plants from moles; (more generally) any plant reputed to repel moles.
The soma plant.
A plant that provides shelter or other assistance to another plant in its early stages of growth.
= opium poppy.
The papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus.
= peace lily.
A small South African succulent plant, Haworthia pumila (or H. margaritifera) (family Asphodelaceae), having a rosette of stout, pointed, triangular leaves covered with rounded white tubercles.
The Chinese shrub Tetrapanax papyriferus (family Araliaceae), which yields a pith from which rice paper is made.
A shrub of south-eastern Australia, Bossiaea scolopendria (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)), with flattened stems bearing minute scale leaves.
(A) sugar cane of one year's growth.
A container for plants; specifically a collector's case for carrying botanical specimens.
Vegetation, especially when growing closely enough to cover or hide the surface of the ground or protect it from erosion.
A substance, or the substances collectively, providing the nutrients necessary for plant growth; the food of plants.
A greenhouse or conservatory.
The compass plant, Silphium laciniatum (family Asteraceae (Compositae)), a tall, deep-rooted North American plant bearing large flowers similar to sunflowers and leaves that face north and south.
A factory producing rails for railway lines.
Any of several plants exuding resinous substances; especially the tropical American tree Bursera acuminata (family Burseraceae), yielding a fragrant resin.
A seed-bearing (as opposed to spore-bearing) plant.
A small shrubby plant of the daisy family, which has narrow silver-grey leaves and small yellow flowers and emits a strong smell of curry
A jump or other manoeuvre in skateboarding and snowboarding involving the use of a hand to push away from a surface
Plants collectively, especially those native to a particular region, habitat, or geological period
A small bug that infests plants and feeds on the sap or tender shoots, especially an aphid
another term for power station.
A plant that grows on or among rocks
A plant of the lily family with white flowers, found in dry habitats of California. The fiber-covered bulbs were used as soap by American Indians
A Brazilian calathea with leaves which are horizontally banded in light and dark green and purple
Any of several epiphytic tropical orchids of the genus Grammatophyllum, so named from markings on the leaves likened to letters.
A plant that is the source of seed (or ovules), seedlings, or vegetative propagules.