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n. pl. nec·ta·ries
A nectar-secreting structure located either within a flower or on a leaf or other part of a plant.

[New Latin nectārium, from nectar.]

nec·tar′i·al (-târ′ē-əl) adj.


n, pl -ries
1. (Botany) any of various glandular structures secreting nectar that occur in the flowers, leaves, stipules, etc, of a plant
2. (Zoology) any of the abdominal tubes in aphids through which honeydew is secreted
[C18: from New Latin nectarium, from nectar]
nectarial adj


(ˈnɛk tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
an organ or part of a plant that secretes nectar.
[1590–1600; < New Latin nectarium. See nectar, -y3]
nec′ta•ried, adj.
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Noun1.nectary - a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectarnectary - a gland (often a protuberance or depression) that secretes nectar
plant organ - a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
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Those individual flowers which had the largest glands or nectaries, and which excreted most nectar, would be oftenest visited by insects, and would be oftenest crossed; and so in the long-run would gain the upper hand.
Leaves are typically around 40-50 cm in height, with nectaries all along the outer leaf, particularly concentrated along the edge and lower side of the hood (Miller, pers.
Extrafloral nectaries (EFN) are glands that secrete nectar (solutions of sugars, amino acids, lipids, and other organic compounds) located outside of flowers and have been reported on species belonging to 110 families and 806 genera (Koptur 1992; Marazzi et al.
Edible pollen grains and nectar secreted by trichome nectaries of the corolla and cushion nectaries of the calyx constitute the rewards offered to visitors.
Leaves alternate, spiral or distichous; petiolate or subsessile, presence of pulvinus; extrafloral nectaries absent or present, convex, sessile or stipitate, located between the pairs of leaflets or on the petiole; leaflets 1-many pairs, papyraceous to coriaceous, elliptic to oblong, lanceolate to obovate, apex acuminate, rounded to mucronate, base oblique.
Nectaries in Fritillaria are large and well developed and have been used as basis for subgeneric classifications.
queenslandiae, and other authors have described features considered common in the genus such as white or red latex, nonarticulated laticifers, extrafloral nectaries, liana habit with tendril-like climbing stems, mushroom-shaped androecia, and large fruits (Rudall, 1994a, b; Gillespie, 1997; Gillespie and Ambruster, 1997).
maculata forage for dill pollen and nectar because its plants have exposed stamens and nectaries in umbel-type flowers, granting easy access to these individuals, while the flowers of coriander plants, despite being of the same type, have partially hidden nectaries by other parts of the flowers, possibly making them less attractive to C.
The big double ones tend to have replaced their nectaries - which bees love - and their pollen with more petals so they are less useful.
The other two are single, pure and simple - a rich deep claret and a soft yellow with eccentric yellow nectaries.