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annual plant

any plant that germinates from seed, grows to maturity and produces new seed all within one year or growing season. Since the life-cycle duration is so short, annuals are usually herbaceous rather than woody. Examples include groundsel, shepherd's purse. See BIENNIAL, PERENNIAL.


a member of the vegetable kingdom; living things characterized by absence of locomotion, absence of special senses, and feeding only on inorganic substances.

abortigenic plant
plants that cause abortion include Pinus, Cupressus and Astragalus spp.
plant alkaloids
annual plant
one that completes its life cycle within one year. A winter annual plant germinates in the fall, overwinters as a seedling and flowers and seeds in spring. The dominant grazing species in the early spring. Examples would be many mustard weeds of disturbed places incriminated in the congenital hypothyroid dysmaturity syndrome in foals.
plant awns
sharp, long processes attached to seed casings of plants, mostly grasses; important causes of skin and oral lesions in grazing animals, and to housed animals when fed hay containing the plants.
biennial plant
one that completes its life cycle in two years, generally germinating and growing in the first year and flowering, fruiting and subsequently dying in the second year.
plant eating
both dogs and cats may eat grass; indoor animals sometimes eat ornamental plants, some of which are poisonous.
plant edemagens
plant substances that cause edema in animals, e.g. 3-methyl indole, produced in the rumen from tryptophan.
plant hormones
organic substances produced by plants which are extracted and used as herbicides or plant growth stimulants. Some of them cause long-term ill health in animals if drunk in large quantities.
perennial plant
one that completes its life cycle over more than two years.
plant poisoning
the list of poison plants is very large and it is necessary to know the suspect plant's botanical name to begin an effective search for information about it. In order to exert an effect on an animal the plant has, in most cases, to be eaten. There are a few plants that exert a toxic effect by inhalation or by skin contact.
plant protein
the proteins in plants. Common, protein-rich plants include alfalfa, the oilseed meals, e.g. soyabean, cottonseed and linseed meals, clover, the legume seeds, e.g. peas, beans.
teratogenic plant
plants that cause congenital defects include Lupinus, Lathyrus, Leucaena, Nicotiana, Conium, Astragalus, Oxytropis, Veratrum, Vicia, Salsola spp.
plant toxins
phytotoxins, elaborated by plants, in some cases incorporating an inorganic element, e.g. selenocompounds, and in some cases present in the plant in an inert state, requiring an additional ingredient, e.g. ruminal fermentation to activate it.
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Overall, annual plants produced snails with greater shell height (U = 57050; P < 0.
Annual plants are the best substitute for wood in many aspects: sustainable forests, availability in huge quantities, environmentally reasonable, and low prices (Meadows et al.
Annual plants with colorful foliage should also be part of your plans.
This is the latest phase in the development of Story of Horticulture Trail at the Gardens and includes demonstration grasses, food plants and also trials new annual plants.
Annual Plants and Groundcovers: Mesclun Mixes, Radicchio, Borage, Teaberries
MAKE the most of summer by dead-heading perennial and annual plants in containers and borders.
A new book has been released that aims to teach the reader everything they need to know about planting their own annual plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables.
A drought at the end of the active season in 1992 caused lower body mass and survival of individuals because there were fewer annual plants during the mid- and late-season periods and fewer seeds in the late-season than in non-drought years.
Alien annual grasses in the genera Bromus and Schismus are widespread and abundant in the Mojave Desert, and negative correlations between these aliens and native annual plants suggest that competition may occur between them.
A commonly cited example of the importance of facilitation in harsh environments is the preference of desert annual plants for the areas under the canopy of shrubs.
For example, during the first five years of the desert experiment, only small changes occurred -- the lack of kangaroo rats, which eat large seeds, spurred rainy-season growth of annual plants that bear these seeds.

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