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bract

 (brăkt)
n.
A leaflike or scalelike plant part, usually small, sometimes showy or brightly colored, and located just below a flower, a flower stalk, or an inflorescence.

[From Latin bractea, gold leaf, perhaps from Greek brakhein, to rattle.]

brac′te·al (brăk′tē-əl) adj.

bract

(brækt)
n
(Botany) a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
[C18: from New Latin bractea, Latin: thin metal plate, gold leaf, variant of brattea, of obscure origin]
ˈbracteal adj
ˈbractless adj

bract

(brækt)

n.
a specialized leaflike plant part, sometimes large and showy, usu. situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.
[1760–70; earlier bractea < Latin: a thin plate of metal]
brac′te•al, adj.
brac′te•ate (-ti ɪt, -ˌeɪt) bract′ed, adj.
bract′less, adj.

bract

(brăkt)
A small, leaf-like plant part growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Most bracts are thin and inconspicuous, but some are brightly colored.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescencebract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
inflorescence - the flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk
calycle, calyculus, epicalyx, false calyx - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
husk - outer membranous covering of some fruits or seeds
bracteole, bractlet - a small bract
spathe - a conspicuous bract surrounding or subtending a spadix or other inflorescence
involucre - a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence
glume - small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae
Translations
HochblattTragblatt

bract

nTragblatt nt
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Otherwise, with our street lights and our strange British climate, most Poinsettias wouldn't naturally bract up until at least April or May.
In these families it is quite common to find that the development of a cymose cluster of flowers in the axil of a bract is terminated by the formation of a vegetative bud in place of the last flower, or in some cases a vegetative bud occurs directly in the bract axil.
REG from Kingswinford was asking how to care for his wife's Poinsettia she had been given at Christmas to make it bract up for next year.
Avoid any plants that are wilted or drooping or crowded close together in a display, which can cause premature bract loss.
7 cm, subcomplanate, green, glabrous, bearing a single greenish-yellow sterile bract at the apex, the terminal branch erect, 12-14 cm long, 9- to 10-flowered, its stipe 3-3.
The best winter effects are achieved by pruning these almost to the ground in spring, losing the leaf and bract displays.
This doesn't harm them but on a warm day they may show their appreciation of the pleasure of a bit of heat on their backs by sprouting the odd vivid bract from their bare stems.
5 cm wide, with a sterile base 1-5 cm long bearing a single sterile bract at the base, with sterile bracts at the apex, slightly recurved; rachis green, strongly geniculate, lepidote, laxly and distichously 8 to 12-flowered; floral bracts ca.
In the Cyperaceae inflorescence, three types of branching can be observed, namely (1) normal branching: the branch is produced by an axillary bud of a bract (Fig.
It has narrow, light silvery-grey leaves, with a long scarlet bract emerging from the middle.
A large number of named cultivars, with various bract colours from white, through cream to pinks and reds, are available and one or two new cultivars have been bred to have a naturally dwarfing habit, helping to keep these Christmas and New Year houseplants to a manageable size in our homes.
I am often asked how to get poinsettias to provide colour again for another year (the bract colours fade as new growth commences in the spring).