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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.]


(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]


(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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The inflorescence is terminal and/or axillary with three to five tepals and stamens.
Flowers 5,2-5,8 (-6,1) cm long, green-yellow to light green; ovary 2,3-3,0 (-3,2) x (0,4-) 0,5-0,8 cm; tube (0,5-) 0,8-1,6 x (0,5-) 0,7-1,0 (-1,2) cm; tepals equal, triangular, united at base, 2,5-3,0 cm long; stamens inserted 0,30-0,32 cm above tube, filaments 4,5-5,5 x 0,08-0,12 cm, anthers versatile, yellow, 1,4-1,5 (-1,6) x 0,08-0,10 cm.
The six tepals (a combination of petals and sepals) are bright yellow, as are the six stamens.
The flowers are yellow to green--yellow, actinodromous, with six subequal tepals, nine bilocular anthers and unicarpelar, unilocular, minutely pubescent ovary, sunk into the floral tube in a hypanthium that develops with fruit ripening forming a turbinated cupule, often 4-to 5-parted, red-colored, with floral remains in the margin.
The flowers are pedicellate and monochlamydeous with six yellow-greenish tepals, an androphore and numerous stamens (see Figure 1D).
The section Nais was described basis on the urceolate shape of the perigone and arcuate-recurved inner tepals of Cypella aquatilis Ravenna, the type of the section, C.
Intrafloral visitors were those that landed inside the tepals and on sexual organs of the flower.
4-4 mm wide; tepals drying yellow-brown, minutely papillate, often turned up markedly on drying; lateral tepals 2.
The flowers are composed of 6 blue lilac tepals, persistent tepals fused along half their length into a perianth tube; the androecium consist of six stamens inserts at different levels, with long-, mid- and short-styled morphs (hereafter referred to as the L, M and S morphs, respectively), and a yellow mark or nectar guide on the upper middle lobe.
A Himalayan native, it often has flowers measuring 20cm across with around 15 tepals, ranging in colour from white, pink through to crimson.
The nodding heads are scented with recurved and twisted tepals which range from blue-mauve to deep purple with white to yellow stamens.
Fleshy perianth formed of four fused tepals, becoming spongy in fruit.