One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of the basic morphological units which is repeated to form the structure of a flowering plant; especially a part of a shoot comprising a leaf, node, axillary bud, and internode, which is the smallest unit capable of vegetative reproduction.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. From post-classical Latin phytomeron from phyto- + ancient Greek -μερής.
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