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lanceolate leaf


Shaped like the head of a lance; tapering from a rounded base toward the apex: lanceolate leaves.

[Late Latin lanceolātus, from Latin lanceola, diminutive of Latin lancea, lance; see lance.]

lan′ce·o·late′ly adv.


(ˈlɑːnsɪəˌleɪt; -lɪt) ,




(Botany) narrow and tapering to a point at each end: lanceolate leaves.
[C18: from Late Latin lanceolātus, from lanceola small lance]
ˈlanceoˌlately adv


(ˈlæn si əˌleɪt, -lɪt)

shaped like the head of a lance.
[1750–60; < New Latin lanceolātus= Latin lanciol(a) small lance (lance(a) lance + -ola -ole1) + -ātus -ate1]
lan′ce•o•late`ly, adv.
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Adj.1.lanceolate - (of a leaf shape) shaped like a lance head; narrow and tapering to a pointed apex
unsubdivided, simple - (botany) of leaf shapes; of leaves having no divisions or subdivisions
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excavatus shows a lanceolated narrow platform with well developed adcarinal troughs, being the outer more excavated and longer than the inner; carina displaced towards the inner margin; platform surface bears short ribs; short tongue with interrupted transversal ridges; relatively deep and open basal cavity, which occupies more than half of the platform length.
Pistillate inflorescences capitate, arranged in 2-5 racemes, each with 4-7 flowers, peduncles to 20 mm long, congested in anthesis, expanded after fertilization, pedicels short < 1mm long; involucre well differentiated 1-2 mm long, sacciform to urceolate in shape, very thick, with 4-5 lanceolated lobes < 1 mm long, bicolor, the basal half darker than the upper; stigma somewhat exserted, lobed and decurrent; lower part of the perianth consists of 4 lanceolate involucral bracts 1 mm long; indumentum densely short velutinous; no staminodes are present.