Definition of amplexicaul in English:
(Of a leaf) embracing and surrounding the stem.
- Its leafy, elongated stems are 8-12 mm in diameter, initially green and covered by the amplexicaul, striated leaf bases which become dry, papery and grey with age.
- The leaves are cuneate oblong or linear oblong and either sessile or amplexicaul.
- In L. capitata the leaves are mostly basal while L. intybacea leaves ½ amplexicaul, auriculate, auricles rounded with long fine points.
Mid 18th century: from modern Latin amplexicaulis, from Latin amplexus 'embrace' + caulis 'stem'.
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