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adj. Botany
Stemless or apparently so.
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(ˌækɔːˈlɛsənt) (eɪˈkɔːləs) or


(Botany) having no visible stem or a very short one
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(ˌæk ɔˈlɛs ənt, ˌeɪ kɔ-)

(of a plant) lacking a visible stem.
ac`au•les′cence, n.
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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
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In palms, false vivipary occurs on both erect (Socratea), climbing (Calamus) and acaulescent (Salacca) stems and is successful in all of these habits (Fisher & Mogea, 1980; Dransfield, 1992; Dransfield, 1997; Baker et al., 2000; Pintaud & Millan, 2004; Rupert et al., 2012).
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).
There were only eight species of small palms in the sample and one of them was acaulescent. We found only one species of liana palm (Table 1, Fig.
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.
These five species comprise the complete range of growth forms known for the genus, i.e., 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).
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).