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Without hairs. Although in many definitions reference to a smooth surface is also made, this produces a complex term of uncertain application.


Of tapetum, the cells remain intact until the maturation of the microspores or pollen, cf. amoeboid.


A general pollen shape descriptor, a grain with the equatorial axes all about the same length (the equatorial outline is usually more or less circular, sometimes triangular, lobed, etc. - see amb) and the polar axis is a prominent axis of rotation, cf. boat-shaped, see oblate, prolate, spherical, the main variants of globose pollen.


Any small compact cluster, adj. glomerulate.

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