Caducous | definition of caducous by Medical dictionary
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caducous (kə-do͞o′kəs, -dyo͞o′-)
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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Sepals, petals, and stamens caducous
before fruit maturity; fruit valves 3- or 5-winged; leaves pinnately lobed or dentate .
Leaves reduced, linear-oblong to linear-lanceolate, caducous
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.