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 (ĕp′ĭ-kā′lĭks, -kăl′ĭks)
n. pl. ep·i·ca·lyx·es or ep·i·ca·ly·ces (-kā′lĭ-sēz′, -kăl′ĭ-)
A series of bracts subtending and resembling a calyx, as in the carnation and hibiscus.


(ˌɛpɪˈkeɪlɪks; -ˈkæl-)
n, pl -lyxes or -lyces (-lɪˌsiːz)
(Botany) botany a series of small sepal-like bracts forming an outer calyx beneath the true calyx in some flowers


(ˌɛp ɪˈkeɪ lɪks, -ˈkæl ɪks)

n., pl. -ca•lyx•es, -ca•ly•ces (-ˈkeɪ ləˌsiz, -ˈkæl ə-)
a rosette of bracts that resembles an extra calyx, as in the mallow flower.
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Noun1.epicalyx - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscusepicalyx - a group of bracts simulating a calyx as in a carnation or hibiscus
bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
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Flowers unisexual or bisexual, 4-5-6-merous, bracteates or not; epicalyx entirely in the form of a sheath; androecium isomerous, stamens epipetalous, stigma and style undivided.
Flowers sessile, bisexual, buds cylindrical; epicalyx green; corolla 6-merous, 0.2-0.3cm long, dark red, valvate; stamens-6, dimorphic, 3 major and 3 minor alternating with each other, majors 0.8-1 X 0.1 cm, minors 0.5-0.6 X 0.1 cm, included.
It has large sepals (petals fide Berry) with a venation pattern unlike that in Heimia and lacks the conspicuous long epicalyx segments diagnostic of the genus.