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Definition of the noun inflorescence

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noun - plural: inflorescences

  1. the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms
  2. the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: bloom / blossom / flower = reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
    • more specific terms:
      • flower head = a shortened compact cluster of flowers so arranged that the whole gives the effect of a single flower as in clover or members of the family Compositae
      • catkin / ament = a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence
      • umbel = flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point
      • corymb = flat-topped or convex inflorescence in which the individual flower stalks grow upward from various points on the main stem to approximately the same height
      • flower cluster = an inflorescence consisting of a cluster of flowers
      • cyme = more or less flat-topped cluster of flowers in which the central or terminal flower opens first
      • spike = an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
    • part: bract = a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence

Alternative definition of the noun inflorescence


  1. flower cluster
  2. (eventual etymological fallacy) a beginning to flower


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Google previewHandbook of the British Flora (1858)

A Description of the Flowering Plants and Ferns Indigenous To, Or Naturalized In, the British Isles : for the Use of Beginners and Amateurs by George Bentham

The Inflorescence of a plant is the arrangement of the flowering branches, and of the flowers upon them. An Inflorescence is a flowering branch or the flowering summit of a plant above the lust stem-leaves, with its branches, bracts, and flowers ...

Google previewOutlines of botany (1857)

by John Scoffern

Mixed inflorescence is that which partakes of the characters of both definite and indefinite inflorescence.

Google previewSierra Nevada Wildflowers (2013)

A Field Guide to Common Wildflowers and Shrubs of the Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks by Karen Wiese

The inflorescence is an umbel of 1 to several spheres of densely clustered flowers, 2" wide, on a long, prostrate stem, 2"–8";

The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers that is 1⁄2"–1" in diameter, positioned at the top of a leafless stem. instead of ...

Google previewAgricultural Plants (1991)

by R. H. M. Langer, Reinhart Hugo Michael Langer, G. D. Hill

The inflorescence is a spike-like panicle bearing ...

Google previewPopulation Biology of Grasses (1998)

by G. P. Cheplick

The inflorescence is a spike-like raceme and spikelets are short-pedicelled and arranged along the raceme (Tothill & Hacker, 1973). Basal diameter of individual tussocks varies to about 20-25 cm, but can reach 35 cm (D. M. Orr, unpublished).


by Karen Wiese

The inflorescence is an umbel of 1 to several spheres of densely clustered flowers, 2" wide, on a long, prostrate stem, 2"–8";

The inflorescence is a cluster of flowers that is 1⁄2"–1" in diameter, positioned at the top of a leafless stem. instead of ...

Google previewGrasses (2002)

Bromus to Paspalum, Second Edition by Robert H. Mohlenbrock

The inflorescence is the aggregation of a group of spikelets (the basic unit of the grass inflorescence). An elongated, simple axis...

if the spikelets are sessile along the simple axis, the inflorescence is a spike (Fig. 13). Short-pedicellate ...

Google previewThe Garden Watcher (1989)

by May Moir

The erect inflorescence is a panicle of brilliantly red, glistening berries topped with bright blue petals. A. fulgens is so easy to grow that the panicles are used in cut flower arrangements, and they can be found in some of the florist shops.

Google previewPlant Systematics (2011)

by Michael G. Simpson

INFLORESCENCES An inflorescence is a collection or aggregation of flowers on an individual plant.

Google previewHorticultural Reviews (2003)

by Jules Janick

The staminate inflorescence is a compound catkin, 1-3 cm long, columnar, and yellow-red; the pistillate inflorescence is a simple catkin and shorter and thinner, filaceous, bright red, with two longitudinal grooves along the stigma. The fruit is a ...

Google previewFlora Australiensis (1863)

A Description of the Plants of the Australian Territory. Ranunculaceae to Anacardiaceae by George Bentham, Ferdinand von Mueller

An Inflorescence is a flowering branch, or the flowering summit of a plant above the last stem-leaves, with its branches, bracts, and flowers. 67. A single flower, or an inflorescence, is terminal when at the summit of a stem or leafy branch, ...

Google previewBiological Resources and Migration (2004)

by Dietrich Werner

The inflorescence is a spike, and culms range in height from 15 to more than 100 cm. Crested wheatgrasses are native to the steppe region of European Russia and southwestern Siberia (Asay and Jensen 1996). Crested wheatgrasses were ...

Google previewHandbook of the New Zealand Flora (2011)

A Systematic Description of the Native Plants of New Zealand and the Chatham, Kermadec's, Lord Auckland's, Campbell's, and Macquarrie's Islands by Joseph Dalton Hooker

An Inflorescence is a flowering branch, or the flowering aummit of a plant above the last stem-leaves, with its branches, bl'acts, and flowers. 67. A single flower, or an inflorescence! is terminal when at the summit of a stem or leafy branch, ...

Google previewReport of the Rugby School Natural History Society (1874)

The next inflorescence is the perfect scorpoid cyme or one-sided raceme, that is to say, the flowers on the one side of the stem of a cyme are developed and not the other ; the irregularity drawn in Fig. 9 is an alternate one-sided raceme (vide ...

Google previewSappi

The spherical inflorescence is a dense head of small pink blooms lacking petals, but the tubular calyx has showy, spreading lobes. Flowering time is early summer . It graces stream banks, forests and rocky hillsides along the escarpment.

Google previewMedicinal Plants of China, Korea, and Japan (2012)

Bioresources for Tomorrow’s Drugs and Cosmetics by Christophe Wiart

the apex The inflorescence is a rusty velvety raceme The flowers are resupinate, minute, and pale yellowish white The ovary is twisted, fusiform, 1 cm long, and hairy The sepals are reddish brown and hairy The dorsal sepal is suborbicular, ...

Google previewMedical Botany; Or, Illustrations and Descriptions of the Medicinal Plants of the London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Pharmacopoeias (1834)

Comprising a Popular and Scientific Account of Poisonous Vegetables that are Indigenous to Great Britain by John Stephenson, James Morss Churchill

The inflorescence is a simple erect scape, which rises from among the leaves, and is terminated by a loosely imbricate, cylindrical, truncated, lateral spike of flowers The outer limb of the corolla is straw-coloured; the lip ovate, emarginate, ...

Google previewHandbook of Herbs and Spices (2012)

by K. V. Peter

The inflorescence is a spike which generally springs directly from the rhizome. The subfamily Zingiberoideae is also noted for two important spice crops, turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) and cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton).

Google previewIssues in Life Sciences: Botany and Plant Biology Research: 2011 Edition (2012)

The inflorescence is an indeterminate spike with sessile flowers, each in the axil of a bract, developing in acropetal, helical succession. Flowers consist of two ( occasionally three) stamens with basifixed tetrasporangiate anthers and latrorse ...

Google previewUltimate Visual Dictionary (2017)

by DK

Flower Peduncle (inflorescence stalk) Remains of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Biology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A panicle is a compound raceme, a loose, muchbranched indeterminate inflorescence with pedicellate flowers attached along the secondary branches; in other words, a branched cluster of flowers in which the branches are racemes. This type ...

Google previewThe New Encyclopedia of Orchids (2008)

1500 Species in Cultivation by I. F. La Croix

Inflorescence arising from axils of sheaths, unbranched, several- flowered. Flowers small, sepals and petals free, subsimilar; lip clawed, lacking a spur, blade transversely semi-circular with 4 ridges at the base and a trilobed callus on the claw.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Herbs (2009)

A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance by Thomas DeBaggio, Arthur O. Tucker

Flowers: The inflorescence consists of small heads. The flowers are yellow. A. absinthium L., Sp. pl. 848. 1753. Native country: Wormwood is native to Europe. General habit: Wormwood is covered with long, straight, soft, appressed hairs, ...

Google previewA Botanical Lexicon, or exposition of the terms, facts and doctrines of the vegetable physiology, brought down to the present time (1837)

by Patrick KEITH

INFLoREscENCE:-The inflorescence, from florescere, to flourish, a term introduced by Linnaeus, is the peculiar mode of aggregation in which flowers are distributed upon the plant; whence it is also called the mode of flowering.

Google previewEtymological Dictionary of Grasses (2007)

by Harold T. Clifford, Peter D. Bostock

Inflorescence an open panicle dichotom-um, -us See dichotoma dichro-a, -us Gk dis, twice; chroia, color. – (1) Two-colored as with callus hairs white, glume hairs fulvous. Hyparrhenia dichroa – (2) leaf-blades green above,reddish-purple ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science (2010)

by Elizabeth A. Martin

raceme A type of*racemose inflorescence in which the main flower stalk is elongated and bears stalked flowers. An example is the lupin. See also ...

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