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bulb: A thickened underground perennating structure consisting of a stem with numerous closely proximate nodes bearing many tightly imbricate, thickened, often fleshy, foliaceous organs containing large amounts of stored food, usually in the form of starch, the whole usually enveloped and protected by imbricated scarious or fibrous foliaceous organs.[1]
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Example(s): Example sentences from FNA : [1] Scape persistent, often 2 or more successively produced from single bulb, erect, ± terete, 10–45 cm × 1–4 mm. [2] Scape borne singly, arising from top of bulb, 25–99 cm, sometimes with 1–3 (–5 )shorter, ascending branches;


  1. Categorical Glossary for the Flora of North America Project, by Robert W. Kiger and Duncan M. Porter. 2001. Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.