cauliflory


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cauliflory

(ˈkɔːlɪˌflɔːrɪ)
n
(Botany) botany the production of flowers on the trunk, branches, etc, of a woody plant, as opposed to the ends of the twigs
[C20: from Latin caulis stem + -flory, from flōs flower]
ˌcauliˈflorous adj
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They differ from the tropical and subtropical rainforests in the low number of dominant tree species, the absence of lianas, a relative scarcity of epiphytes (except for mosses and lichens), the total absence of the morphological adaptations typical of wet forests (drip tips on leaves, cauliflory, buttress roots), and by the small leaf size of the dominant species.
Another example is that of cauliflory, which Stebbins (1 p74) attributed to avoiding competition for pollinators in rainforest conditions.
For example, if cauliflory arises from a bud that has been formed in a leaf axil but remains dormant for some time and is buried in wood (preventitious sensu Fink, 1983), it is a heterochronic change in that a period of dormancy has been inserted into a developmental pathway.