caducous


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caducous

(kə-do͞o′kəs, -dyo͞o′-)
adj.
Dropping off or shedding at an early stage of development, as the gills of most amphibians or the sepals or stipules of certain plants.

caducous

being shed at an early stage in development, as are the sepals of the poppy and the stipules of the lime tree.
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Leaves reduced, linear-oblong to linear-lanceolate, caducous Aphyllocladus 20b.
due to the possession of caducous leaves and long attachment of the leaf lobule to the stem.
It is distinguished from other species by the dense pubescence translucent to black, the bullate, ovate to ovate-elliptic leaves, the long calyx lobes (11-) 13-16 mm, and the presence of two filiform bracts, sometimes caducous.
Vegetative reproduction rare, by caducous or fragmenting leaves.