Quincunx

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Quincunx

1. An ancient Roman unit of area approximately equivalent to 1,051 square meters.

2. An ancient Roman unit of weight approximately equivalent to 137 grams.
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272v, 69), the quincuncial composition and toponyms were retained --were copied-- but the internal structuring was ignored completely, the one-time narrative and political statement being reduced to a jumbled array of warriors and Spaniards assembling for battle.
Likewise, all kinds of imbricate aestivation (contort, quincuncial, cochlear) of the calyx or corolla of a flower with pentamerous or otherwise odd-merous whorls lead to a kind of floral asymmetry (Reinsch, 1927).
For example, a "beardtongue" staminode like the one in Penstemon (Cheloneae, Scrophulariaceae) also occurs in Jacaranda (Bignoniaceae); petal aestivation, or folding in the buds, shows both ascending and descending patterns within Scrophulariaceae, Lentibulariaceae, and Bignoniaceae, ascending and quincuncial patterns within Acanthaceae, and descending and quincuncial patterns in Orobanchaceae [whereas their presumed closest relatives, Rhinantheae (Scrophulariaceae) have ascending petal folding]; personate corollas similar to those of Antirrhineae (Scrophulariaceae) are exhibited by some Acanthaceae, Gesneriaceae, Bignoniaceae, and Lentibulariaceae; other parallelisms occur in ovary structure, ovule number, sensitive stigma lobes, and postgenital fusion of the anthers (Endress, 1994).