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.
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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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1 mm long, caducous on the old branches, intense on the young branches, distributed on the pulvinus, margin with leaflets, sepals and legumes.
0.5 mm long, caducous on the old parts, intense on the young branches, distributed on the branches, stipules, petioles, rachis, leaflets, inflorescences, bracts, pedicels, margin with sepals and abaxial surface with the petals.
Stipules green, linear, obsolet, 4-12 X 0.5-2 mm, caducous.
0.5 mm long, caducous. Leaves 2.2-11.4 cm long; pulvinus yellowish to vinaceous, pilose, c.
Leaves alternate, caducous; short-petiolate; blades elliptic, pinnately veined, margin entire, pubescent on both surfaces.
Flowers in terminal or reduced axillary racemes; bracts several grading upward in size, or one, mostly small and persistent, sometimes leaflike and caducous; bracteoles 2.