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General types of plant

alpine

noun

a small plant that grows on high mountains

annual

noun

a plant that grows, reproduces, and dies in the same year

bean

noun

a plant that produces beans

bedding plant

noun

a plant, usually with flowers, that is put in the garden at the beginning of a season and thrown away at the end

brassica

noun

a plant of the genus (=type) to which cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnip, and mustard belong

bush

noun

a plant that is smaller than a tree and has a lot of thin branches growing close together

cactus

noun

a plant that grows in deserts and has thick stems and sharp points called spines

cereal

noun

a plant that produces grain, used as food for people and animals

climber

noun

a tall plant that grows by attaching itself to walls, fences etc

clone

noun

an exact copy of an animal or plant created in a laboratory from the animal’s or plant’s dna

creeper

noun

a plant with long stems that grow along the ground, around other plants, or up walls

crop

noun

a plant grown for food, usually on a farm

cross

noun

a plant that is the result of mixing two different types to produce a new genetic type

dicotyledon

noun

a plant that produces seeds that develop into two leaves

endangered species

noun

a type of animal or plant that may soon become extinct (=disappear from the world)

evergreen

noun

a tree or plant that does not lose its leaves in winter

flower

noun

a plant that is grown because its flowers are attractive

forerunner

noun

an animal or plant that existed before an animal or plant that it is related to

fungus

noun

a type of plant without leaves, flowers, or green colour that grows mainly in wet places or on decaying substances. There are many types of fungi, including mushrooms, mildews, yeasts, and moulds.

grass

noun

a particular type of grass

hardy perennial

noun

a plant that lives for several years and is not killed by winter conditions

herb

noun

a plant used for adding flavour to food or as a medicine

hermaphrodite

noun

a person, animal, or plant that has both male and female sex organs

houseplant

noun

a plant that you grow inside your house in a container, usually for decoration

hybrid

noun

an animal or plant that has been produced from two different types of animal or plant

legume

noun

a plant that has these seeds

miniature

noun

a very small type of plant or animal

moss

noun

a soft green or brown plant that grows in a layer on wet ground, rocks, or trees

mutant

noun

a plant or animal that is different from others of its type as a result of a change in its genes

parasite

noun

a plant or animal that lives in or on another type of animal and feeds on it

parent

noun

an animal or plant that produces a new animal or plant

perennial

noun

a plant that lasts for more than two growing seasons

plant

noun

a living thing that grows in soil, has leaves and roots, and needs water and light from the sun to live

polymorph

noun

an animal or plant that has different forms at different stages of its development

pot plant

noun

a plant that grows in a container inside your house

potted plant

noun

a plant in a container

relative

noun

a plant or animal that has the same origins and belongs to the same group as another plant or animal

seedling

noun

a young plant that has grown from a seed

set

noun

a young plant, or a part of a plant used for producing new plants

sphagnum

noun

a type of moss

sport

noun

a plant or animal that is different in a noticeable way from other plants or animals of the same type

strain

noun

a particular type of animal, insect, or plant

succulent

noun

a succulent plant

sucker

noun

a plant that grows from the bottom of another plant’s stem or roots

tree

noun

a very tall plant that has deep roots, a thick stem made of wood, and many branches

variety

noun

a type of plant

vegetable

noun

a plant, not an animal or a mineral

vine

noun

any plant with a long thin stem that grows along the ground or up a tree, wall etc

weed

noun

a plant that grows easily and is usually found in places where you do not want it

weed

noun

a plant or mass of plants growing in water

wild flower

noun

a flower that grows in fields or in the countryside rather than in gardens

freak of nature

an animal or plant that develops physical features that are not normal for its type

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the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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