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A small or secondary spike, characteristic of grasses and sedges, bearing one or more florets and usually subtended by one or two bracts.


1. (Botany) botany the unit of a grass inflorescence, typically consisting of two bracts (glumes) surrounding one or more florets, each of which is itself surrounded by two bracts. See lemma1, palea
2. (Botany) the small inflorescence of plants of other families, esp the sedges


(ˈspaɪk lɪt)

a small or secondary spike.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spikelet - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leafspikelet - a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf
aculeus - a stiff sharp-pointed plant process
glochid, glochidium - a barbed spine or bristle (often tufted on cacti)
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Most of the crop remains belong to at least two species of glume wheat: einkorn (Figure 5: A) and a second hulled wheat for which the morphology of the spikelet base (Figure 5: C) is close to that of a tetraploid species, from either emmer (T.
The researchers developed the higher yielding sorghum by taking advantage of a plant part called a "spikelet" A spikelet is a cluster of florets found in the panicle and is a characteristic of other grasses, such as millet or rye.
Pollen (or) spikelet fertility or both have been used as an index to fix the restoration ability of the lines (Sutaryo, 1989).
spikelet, nut, stipules, whorl, obovate capsule, halophilous, opposite epetiolate ovate leaves, etc.
Grain and straw production, spike and spikelet numbers, harvest index, and grain protein were recorded.
They were beige, finely lined husks, their line set by a dark spikelet, more like a stiffened flagellum than a thorn.
Relationship between differential gene expression patterns in functional leaves of maize inbreds and hybrids at spikelet differentiation stage and heterosis.
Using a subset of data, a significant relationship was detected between inflorescence biomass and spikelet number ([R.
However, a chemical on the tissues of the spikelet strongly suppresses germination of the small seed.
Germination of the small seeds was 82-97% when removed from the spikelet, but emergence of seedlings decreased to 28-59% when seeds were in the spikelet and to 5-15% when seeds were in the spikelet with the large sibling seed present.