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 (tē′pəl, tĕp′əl)
A segment of the perianth of a flower in which the calyx and corolla (which make up the perianth) are nearly indistinguishable, as in tulips or lilies. The tepals are equivalent to the petals and sepals.

[French tépale, alteration (influenced by sépale, sepal) of pétale, petal, from New Latin petalum; see petal.]
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(ˈtiːpəl; ˈtɛpəl)
(Botany) any of the subdivisions of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx and corolla
[C20: from French tépale changed (on analogy with sépale sepal) from pétale petal]
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(ˈti pəl, ˈtɛp əl)

one of the divisions of a flower perianth, esp. one that is not clearly differentiated into petals and sepals, as in lilies and tulips.
[< French tépale (1827), alter. of pétale petal, on the model of sépale sepal]
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Noun1.tepal - an undifferentiated part of a perianth that cannot be distinguished as a sepal or a petal (as in lilies and tulips)
plant part, plant structure - any part of a plant or fungus
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It has up to 15 pure white or pink-flushed tepals - a combination of petals and the flower shields or sepals.
The third obstacle is that in the chill, the snowdrop clams up, and you have to employ a skillful squeeze of the bloom -- called the snowdrop pinch -- to get the three outer petals to move aside to reveal the markings of the inner petals, which botanists call tepals or segments.
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Hedyosmum differs in having three tepals adnate to the ovary, which is therefore inferior; the female flowers are borne in thyrses of monochasial cymes in the axils of bracts, whereas the male flowers are single stamens borne in spikes with no subtending bracts.
In some respects, the original flower resembles a modern magnolia: it has multiple, undifferentiated "petals" (technically (http://plant-phytography.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/tepal-petals-and-sepals-of-flower-look.html) tepals ), arranged in concentric rings.
Staminate flowers are located in shallow alveoli, forming small intumescences that are easily visible to the naked eye; each staminate flower is composed of two tepals and two stamens (Fig.
The individual flowers have 6 tepals, 4-6 mm long, and 6 stamens and 3 carpels with greenish capsules as fruits (Figure 1).
The six tepals (a combination of petals and sepals) are bright yellow, as are the six stamens.
The flowers are pedicellate and monochlamydeous with six yellow-greenish tepals, an androphore and numerous stamens (see Figure 1D).
Insects that landed on the outside of the flower (tepals) and/or calyx (Te and Vc respectively) were considered extra-floral visitors.