involucre


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in·vo·lu·cre

 (ĭn′və-lo͞o′kər)
n.
A group of one or more whorls of bracts beneath a flower or flower cluster.

[French, from Latin involūcrum, wrapper, envelope; see involucrum.]

in′vo·lu′cral (-krəl), in′vo·lu′crate (-krĭt, -krāt′) adj.

involucre

(ˈɪnvəˌluːkə) or

involucrum

n, pl -cres or -cra (-krə)
(Botany) a ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence in such plants as the composites
[C16 (in the sense: envelope): from New Latin involucrum, from Latin: wrapper, from involvere to wrap; see involve]
ˌinvoˈlucral adj
ˌinvoˈlucrate adj

in•vo•lu•cre

(ˈɪn vəˌlu kər)

n.
1. a collection or rosette of bracts subtending a flower cluster, umbel, or the like.
2. a covering, esp. a membranous one.
[1570–80; < Middle French < Latin involūcrum a wrapper, cover <involū-, variant s. of involvere (see involve)]
in`vo•lu′cral, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.involucre - a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescenceinvolucre - a highly conspicuous bract or bract pair or ring of bracts at the base of an inflorescence
bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
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Capitulescences monocephalous or paniculate to corymbose, terminal; capitula pedunculate, homogamous or heterogamous, radiate; receptacle epaleate, setose; involucre multiseriate.
Capitulescences monocephalous or loosely to densely corymbose; capitula pedunculate to subsessile, homogamous, discoid; receptacle epaleate; involucre one- to two-seriate.