- straddling or overlapping, as leaves whose bases overlap the leaves above or within them.
Origin of equitant
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Fibrous-rooted, with equitant leaves and perfect 3- or 6-androus flowers.
Among these are the equitant leaves of the Iris or Flower-de-Luce.The Elements of Botany
The leaves are ranged on each other's back (equitant) as in the Marsh Asphodel (Narthecium ossifragum, t. 535).Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
The leaf-sheaths are smooth, equitant with thinly membranous margins.A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses
Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
Involucral leaves numerous, equitant; perianth ovate-subulate or narrowly fusiform, 3-angled, deeply 6–8-lobed.
- (of a leaf) having the base folded around the stem so that it overlaps the leaf above and opposite
C19: from Latin equitāns riding, from equitāre to ride, from equus horse
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