Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Botany

Glossary

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I

  • intercalary
  • intergenicula - nonflexible, calcified segments between flexible joints in articulated corallines and Halimeda
  • internode - part of axis intermediate between two nodes
  • intertidal - occurring between high and low tide levels, exposed at low tide
  • involucre - sterile jacket of cells around reproductive structures
  • iridescence -rainbow-like display of color on an alga's surface
  • isogamous - having gametes which are morphologically alike
  • isomorphic - morphologically similar, having similar looking gametophyte and sporophyte phases of life history

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K

  • karyogamy - union of two nucleii
  • kelp - member of brown algal order Laminariales

L

  • lamina - flattened leaf-like blade
  • laminaran - storage product of Phaeophyta, branched polymer of polysaccharide made up of glucans, soluble in the cell
  • leucoplast - colorless, usually starch-containing plastid
  • littoral - near the shore, intertidal

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Last updated: Feb. 05, 2009