(of leaves or fronds) withering but remaining attached to the stem.
- ‘Several trees normally have marcescent leaves such as oak (Quercus), beech (Fagus) and hornbeam (Carpinus).’
- ‘There seems to be no evidence that marcescent leaves provide additional cold protection.’
- ‘After tertiary capitula ripened, cauline leaves senesced and remained marcescent on the stems.’
Early 18th century: from Latin marcescent- beginning to wither from marcere wither.