Definition of vernation in English:



mass nounBotany
  • The arrangement of bud scales or young leaves in a leaf bud before it opens.

    Compare with aestivation
    • ‘Recently, a third type of leaf vernation has been shown to occur in Primula.’
    • ‘Even in face view the involute vernation is easily observed for the brief time that a leaf is emerging.’
    • ‘Circinate vernation is the unfurling of the leaves over time.’
    • ‘This plant also has a folded vernation and a very smooth leaf blade.’
    • ‘Leaf vernation was observed in at least ten buds per entity, manually dissected under a stereomicroscope.’


Late 18th century: from modern Latin vernatio(n-), from Latin vernare ‘to grow (as in the spring)’, from vernus (see vernal).