One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The arrangement of young leaves in a leaf bud before it opens.Compare with estivation
- ‘Leaf vernation was observed in at least ten buds per entity, manually dissected under a stereomicroscope.’
- ‘This plant also has a folded vernation and a very smooth leaf blade.’
- ‘Recently, a third type of leaf vernation has been shown to occur in Primula.’
- ‘Circinate vernation is the unfurling of the leaves over time.’
- ‘Even in face view the involute vernation is easily observed for the brief time that a leaf is emerging.’
Late 18th century: from modern Latin vernatio(n-), from Latin vernare ‘to grow (as in the spring)’, from vernus (see vernal).
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