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BRANCH. This is a metaphorical expression, which designates, in the genealogy of a numerous family, a portion of that family which has sprang from the same root or stock; these latter expressions, like the first, are also metaphorical.
     2. The whole of a genealogy is often called the genealogical tree; and sometimes it is made to take the form of a tree, which is in the first place divided into as many branches as there are children, afterwards into as many branches as there are grand-children, then of great grandchildren, &c. If, for example, it be desired to have a genealogical tree of Peter's family, Peter will be made the trunk of the tree; if he has had two children, John and James, their names will be written on the first two branches; which will themselves shoot out as many smaller branches as John and James have children; from these other's proceed, till the whole family is represented on the tree; thus the origin, the application, and the use of the word branch in genealogy will be at once perceived.

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and could determine that the material does not correspond to the genus Crouania because the axial cells bear a whorl of four determinate branchlets, not three as in the genus Crouania.
Leaves scattered along branchlet and lacking V-trough on upper side of branchlet; native to Asia and commonly cultivated T.
Lianas or scandent shrubs; branchlets cylindrical, striated, with lenticels, tomentose to glabrescent, without interpetiolar gland fields.
Branchlets usually in three rows spirally twisted, 1-2 mm long, with simple branching inferiorly and trichotomous superiorly.
A loss of trophic factors may account for the preferential loss of distal branchlets during dendritic ageing (Quackenbush et al.
Irvingia gabonesis (ogbono) is a wild seed bearing many fruit plant that grows to a height of 15-40m and has a dense, compact crown, branchlets ending in narrow, curved stipular sheath covering the leaf bud.
Variation in plant height, foliage density, leaf surface area, number of leaves, branchlets, number and type of inflorescence can affect the abundance and distribution of foliage-dwelling spiders (Evans, 1997; Souza and Martins, 2005; Corcuera et al.
SC short (only reaching level of M and CuA forks), almost straight, with three oblique, spaced, almost straight, visible preapical branchlets (probably only one or none missing).
The focus of this study is Caribbean members of the genus Pseudopterogorgia (Alcyonacea: Gorgoniidae), Like all of the gorgoniids, individuals in this genus form plumelike colonies consisting of central branches and smaller side branches, branchlets, all of which are supported by an axis composed of gorgonin (solidified collagen) (Goldberg, 1976).
The plant forms tight clusters of grape sized rhizomes and displays trailing stems that support cladophylls that are not leaves but actually branchlets with the tiny leaves appearing in the axils with small white aromatic flowers that transform into the pea-size red berries that are poisonous to humans and domestic animals.
Botanically, Rhus natalensis is a shrub 2-3 m high or a small tree up to 8 m tall; bark of the branchlets greyish or white and older ones dull grey, lenticillate and rough.
Infructescence paniculate, elongated, conical, 9,5 cm in the widest portion, with fruiting branchlets 4, 2-5 cm long, minutely puberulent; floral bracts flat in the base of the fruit, 3 mm long, ca.