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adj. Botany
Stemless or apparently so.


(ˌækɔːˈlɛsənt) (eɪˈkɔːləs) or


(Botany) having no visible stem or a very short one


(ˌæk ɔˈlɛs ənt, ˌeɪ kɔ-)

(of a plant) lacking a visible stem.
ac`au•les′cence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.acaulescent - (of plants) having no apparent stem above ground
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
caulescent, cauline, stemmed - (of plants) producing a well-developed stem above ground
References in periodicals archive ?
Astrocaryum malybo, locally known as palma estera, is an acaulescent spiny palm endemic to the warm lowlands of northern Colombia, where it forms small populations in dry or wet forest relicts (Galeano & Bernal, 2010).
Erect herb, aquatic herb, trailing and prostrate herb, cushion plant, tussock graminoid, scattered graminoid, tufted grass, acaulescent rosettes, and non-vascular plants (values: average [+ o -] standard error).
phalerata, at the rain forest in Bolivia, (6-8 leaves/year; Paniagua 1998); and it contrasts to the lower leaf production in acaulescent species as A.
Terrestrial, acaulescent, deciduous herb 13-56 cm in height above ground including the inflorescence.
However, more material was needed to complete the description, especially because the rosette did not show whether it is a caulescent or acaulescent plant.
The former with 40 species is found in most ecosystems in Tropical South-America; it is well diversified in habit, either caespitose or solitary, and develops either large palms, or medium-sized to short-trunked palms with large leaves, or slender palms with medium-sized leaves, or acaulescent palms with large or with short leaves (Kahn 2008).
subshrubs, cushionforming herbs, acaulescent, rosulate herbs and vines.
Begonia urophylla (section Gireoudia) is a rhizomatous acaulescent herb, found from Guatemala to Venezuela, from sea level up to 2000 m (Burt-Utley 1985).
Ammandra decasperma is often acaulescent, but can develop a prostrate stem.
It encompasses many life forms, from large palms in the forest canopy to small acaulescent palms hidden in semi-arid shrubby vegetation.
For example, the 'saxophone growth' type (Tomlinson, 1990), which is characterised by a geotropic growth of the trunk in the early stages of development, ensures an effective underground protection of the apical meristem of juvenile palms and acaulescent adults.