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Bark, berry, flower, herb, leaves, nuts, plant, resin, seeds, wood, etc.

These are all — what? Parts? components? elements? plant forms? divisions?

I have the sense there may be a more elegant word that nails it, especially since plant is itself in the list.

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Parts or components of what? What is the common group they belong to? –  Alexander Kosubek Oct 4 '12 at 6:11
    
@AlexanderKosubek Herbs or plants, mostly. I'll clarify the question, thanks.. –  neokio Oct 4 '12 at 6:12
    
@RegDwigh Brilliant revision! The distinction of hypernym/hyponym is a revelation. –  neokio Oct 4 '12 at 12:50
    
@RegDwighт Sadly, I could not offer a real hypernym, certainly not a word that includes the object plant itself. –  Kris Oct 4 '12 at 13:07
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Technically, we need to refer to them as structural components of the plant.

In regular usage, they are just parts of the plant.

Both the terms are recognized and widely used in literature.

This may interest you: Plant morphology (Wikipedia)

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+1 for the morphological answer! –  J.R. Oct 4 '12 at 10:13
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Words you listed are all nouns that you have placed in an ascending order.

"Seeds" is the word that best describes the whole list as through seeds only, bigger things happen.

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You've found the poetry embedded in the mundane :) And you're right, all emerge from seed. The original question was more utilitarian, though I may drop that in light of deeper understanding... –  neokio Oct 4 '12 at 6:10
    
Though I like Neokio's observation, that answer is not really accurate - bark, leaves, resin and wood are not seeds. –  Kristina Lopez Oct 4 '12 at 7:36
    
Of course, they are not seeds. But, ponder over where they originate from. –  Neeraj T Oct 4 '12 at 9:27
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