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umbrella plant (herbaceous plant)


a rhizomatous perennial herb with large dramatic peltate leaves and white to bright pink flowers in round heads on leafless stems; colonizes stream banks in the Sierra Nevada in California


plant noun (plants and fungi)


umbrella plants

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Princeton WordNet


Darmera peltata [species] | Peltiphyllum peltatum [species] | Indian rhubarb | D. peltata [abbreviation, species] | P. peltatum [abbreviation, species]

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Definition references  (+images)


Darmera | Indian rhubarb | umbrella plant | Darmera peltata [species] | Peltiphyllum peltatum [species] | Saxifraga peltata [Torr. ex Benth., species]

a flowering plant, the only species within the genus Darmera in the family Saxifragaceae. It's a slowly-spreading rhizomatous perennial native to mountain streamsides in woodland in the western United States, growing to 2 m tall by 1 m wide. In late ... (41 of 291 words, 1 image)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

umbrella plant [plant]

any of several unrelated but similarly leaved plants. Cyperus alternifolius, also called umbrella palm and umbrella sedge, is widely cultivated in ... (21 of 117 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

umbrella plant | Cyperus alternifolius [species]

an African sedgehaving large umbrella-like whorls of slender leaves: widely grown as an ornamental water plant (16 of 208 words, 1 usage example)


Random House Dictionary:

umbrella plant | wild buckwheat [synonym, sense-specific] | Cyperus alternifolius [species, sense-specific]

an African plant of the sedge family, that has several stems growing ... | [north-middle United States] the May apple plant. | any of various plants ... (24 of 79 words, 3 definitions)


Oxford Dictionary:

umbrella plant | Cyperus involucratus [species] | Cyperaceae [family, member of]

a tropical Old World sedge which has stiff green stems, each terminating in a whorl of arching green leaf-like bracts. It's commonly grown as a ... (25 of 51 words)


American Heritage Dictionary:

umbrella plant | Cyperus alternifolius [species, sense-specific]

A widely cultivated, ornamental, robust sedge "(Cyperus alternifolius") ... | [middle United States] The May apple. (15 of 42 words, 2 definitions)



umbrella plant | Cyperus alternifolius [species]

a perennial sedge of Madagascar that has large terminal whorls of slender leaves and is often grown as an ornamental (20 of 37 words)

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New World Dictionary:

umbrella plant | umbrella palm | Cyperus alternifolius [species]

a common, cultivated, aquatic sedge having naked, triangular stems surmounted by an umbrellalike whorl of grasslike leaves and greenish spikelets (20 of 27 words)



herb | herbs [plural] | felwort [botany, European] | felworts [botany, European, plural] | Swertia perennis [botany, European, species] | grass [synonym, sense-specific] | weed [synonym, sense-specific] | seasoning [subtype, sense-specific] | Marijuana [synonym, sense-specific]

Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food. | Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine. | [slang, euphemism] Marijuana. | [botany] A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each... (41 of 105 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

herbaceous plant | woody plant | herbaceous plants

plant whose stem is soft and green and shows little growth of wood. The term is used to distinguish such plants from woody plants. Herbaceous plants, ... (26 of 103 words, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a type of plant whose leaves are used in cooking to give flavour to particular dishes, or which are used in making medicine (23 of 48 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

herb [countable] | herbs [plural]

a plant used for adding flavour to food or as a medicine (12 of 38 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

umbrella plant | umbrella plants [plural]

a plant of the sedge family that has thin leaves radiating from the top of long stems. Native to: Africa. Latin name Cyperus alternifolius. | Same as ... (26 of 47 words, 2 definitions)

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