Glossary


Maculate
Blotched or spotted.
Mangrove
Coastal wetland dominated by Manawa or mangrove Avicennia marina var. resiifera. Northern New Zealand only, salt marsh replaces it further south.
Mangrove in fruit
Margin
The edge or border of a leaf
Marine
Pertaining to the sea and saltwater systems.
Marsh
A tract of wet land principally inhabited by partially-submerged herbaceous vegetation. Has fewer woody plants than swampier habitats.
Mealy
Dry, powdery, crumbly.
Median
In the middle.
Membranous
Very thin, like a membrane.
Membraneous as illustrated by Schefflera digitata
Mid-lobe
The middle part into which a leaf is divided.
Midrib
The central or principal vein of a leaf or pinna of a fern.
Central vein of Aristotelia serrata
Mire
Synonymous with any peat-accumulating wetland. Term covers bogs and peaty swamps, fens, carr, moor, muskeg and peatland. Term excludes marsh which is non-peat forming.
Molecular techniques
Where proteins and genes are used to investigate plant relationships
Monitoring
Recording of quantitative data over time to document changes in condition or state of species or ecosystems.
Monoecious
Having male and female flowers on the same plant of the same species.
Montane
Land between 300 and 800 metres above sea level.
Mucronate
Tipped with a short, sharp, point.
A mucronate leaf tip A tip on the fruit capsule of Geniostoma ligustrifolium A tip on the fruit capsule of Geniostoma ligustrifolium
Mucronulate
Having a very small mucro; diminutive of mucronate.
Multi-annual evergreen
Overlapping annual cohorts of leaves always present.
Multifid
Cleft into many lobes or segments
Multiseptate
With many septa.
muricate
Rough with short, hard points like the shell of Murex, a genus of tropical sea snails with elaborately pointed shells.
Mycorrhiza
A symbiotic relationship between a fungus and a plant.
Mycorrhizal associations
Symbiotic association between fungi and plant roots which assists plant health by allowing increased ability for uptake of nutrients and promote plant growth.

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