alternating - Close to, not opposite, staggered.
Alpine - Above sub-alpine, primarily rocky with scree slopes, but also having meadows.
basal - In the area of the bottom or base of the plant.
bract - A small modified leaf just under a small cluster of petals.
bud - The part of a flower that blooms.
bulblets - Rice like seeds.
bulbs -Similar to an onion, grows under the ground with an overlapping foundation.
corms -An underground stem similar to a bulb.
cotyledon - Tiny leaves that protect the sprout as it pushes through the soil.
elongates - Leaves that are long and sometimes narrow in shape.
germination - When seeds start developing and growing into seedlings.
habitat - The natural environment where a plant grows.
lanceolate - Slender, pointy at each end.
lateral roots - Roots that spread out in many directions from a main root.
leaflets - One part of a compound leaf.
lowlands - Below treeline, filled with a variety of plants and trees. Lowlands have bogs, marshes, meadows, and woodlands.
matures - Grows and becomes full and able to reproduce.
native - Originating in a certain location, not introduced from somewhere else.
nectar - Sweet juice in the blossom.
node - The swollen point on a stem or stolon where a branch or leaves connect.
ovary - The seed pod.
petal - Most of the time it is the colorful part of the blossom.
pollen - Fine yellow powder on the anther that fertilizes other flowers when transferred to their stigma. Often the cause of allergies.
pollination - The act of transferring pollen from one blossom to another.
reproduce - To spread and produce more of the same kind.
rhizomes - Underground stems that reproduce.
runners - A long trailing stem that travels out from the main plant, above ground, to reproduce another plant.
scree slopes - Large areas of loose rocks on Alpine mountain faces. Unstable and prone to avalanches.
seedlings - A small, tender plant in the early stages of growth.
sepals - Outer casing protecting the flower, usually green.
serrated - Having sharply pointed teeth-like edges. Sometimes called toothed.
silt - Clay like mud formed from rocks that have been crushed into a fine powder by glaciers.
snowbeds - Areas in sub-alpine and alpine slopes that are covered with snow.
spade - Flat, blade shape.
stalks - The thick part of a stem.
stamen - The male part of the flower.
stem - The part of the plant that holds the flower up.
stemmed - Belonging to the stem.
stipules - Where a leaf connects to the stem.
stolons - Similar to a runner, but may also travel underground to reproduce.
Sub-Alpine - Tree line and above, with some shrubs and sparce trees.
symmetrical - The same on both sides.
tap root - Main root, reaching down into the soil to gather nutrients and moisture.
toothed - Sharp edged and blade like.
tubers - Thick underground stems that new buds grow from.
tundra - Vast areas of Alaska, covered with mounds of damp moss and lichens. Treeless Arctic plain.
wetlands - Damp marshes and bogs with spongy soil near a water source.
whorls - Leaves in a circle around the stem, connecting at a node.