One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a liverwort) having leaves obliquely inserted on the stem so that their upper edges are overlapped by the lower edges of the leaves above.Often contrasted with incubous
- ‘The leaf insertion is succubous, meaning that the upper border of a leaf lies under the lower border of the leaf immediately above it on the stem.’
- ‘Leaf overlap in a lateral row of leaves is either succubous (bottom of upper leaf overlaps top of lower leaf) or incubous (top of lower leaf overlap bottom of upper leaf).’
- ‘Leaves succubous, circular to oblong-ovate, rounded, usually with very conspicuous yellow gemmae produced at the upper margins, concave, costa none.’
- ‘Leaves sometimes distichous, vertically oriented, transversely or subtransversely inserted, but with ventral base succubous and sometimes decurrent, constantly 2-lobed to 0.1-0.6 their length.’
- ‘On closer inspection one would find that the leaves of Lophozia barbata are four-lobed and succubous.’
Mid 19th century: from late Latin succubare ‘lie under’ + -ous.
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