Beard or Bearded

In botany, the term “beard” refers to a group of hairs or trichomes (external link). It may also refer to an awn, e.g. the bristle-like projection from a grain such as barley.  This type of structure is not found on daylilies therefore, in order to be consistent with established botanical terminology, the term “beard” and its derivatives are not accepted by the American Daylily Society and are included in this dictionary only for reference. 

Some examples of bearded plants include Penstemon barbatus (beardtongue), Campanula barbata (bearded bellflower), Crassula barbata (bearded-leaved crassula), some orchids such as Coelogyne barbata (bearded Coelogyne),  as well as various iris cultivars and species such as I. pallida (Dalmation iris).

See also: Cristate

Click on thumbnails below for larger views of two examples of plants named for their hairs:

Penstemon barbatus, Creative Commons image

Beardtongue, Penstemon barbatus ((Cov.) Roth 1806). Photo by Sten Porse

Cropped from original. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Campanula barbata from Creative Commons

Bearded bellflower, Campanula barbata (Linnaeus 1759).  Photo by Hectonicus

Cropped from original. Licensed under  CC BY-SA 3.0



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