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bracts

Modified leaves produced to protect embryo flowers. Usually inconspicuous but can also be brightly colored and collectively have the appearance of a flower.
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When the papery bracts fade, we deadhead our plants, something we do not do with other astrantias.
The shops are awash with poinsettias at this time of year in shades of red, pink and cream, the colourful bracts having taken an average of eight weeks to turn from green to red.
It is so beautiful and the "flowers" are actually bracts around a tiny flower - that is why they last so long and change colour.
In flower as early as March, the bracts persist for months, changing colour to orange and tan.
Varieties are in red, pink, salmon, apricot, purple and white, as well as novelty types with variegated or spotted bracts - modified leaves.
Inflorescence terminal, paniculate, erect to arched and/or pendulous, three divided; male inflorescence 50-180 cm high, three times branched, peduncle brown, erect, cylindric, 50-80 cm long, 8-12 mm diameter; peduncle bracts light brown linear to long triangular, 25-50 cm long.
Inflorescences lateral, erect, paniculate; scape much longer than leaves, emerging from a bundle of bracts and sheaths resembling new rosette borne in the axils of leaves, cylindrical in cross section, 4-5(-10) mm in diameter, light to dark brown, glabrous basally, apically slightly white-lepidote, internodes (2-)4.
Traditionally it is red bracts that are associated with the poinsettia and gives it a rightful place as a favourite in our homes for Christmas.
To be precise, the color you see on bougainvillea and crown of thorns does not come from flowers but from bracts, which are modified leaves.
elata in its deeply bifurcate and much branched inflorescence with foliaceous bracts.