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n. pl. pa·le·ae (-lē-ē′)
1. The upper of the two bracts that enclose each floret in a grass spikelet.
2. A small bract at the base of a disc floret in some plants of the composite family.

[Latin, chaff.]
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(ˈpeɪlɪə) or


n, pl paleae (ˈpeɪlɪˌiː) or pales
1. (Botany) the inner of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikelet. Compare lemma1
2. (Botany) any small membranous bract or scale
[C18: from Latin: straw, chaff; see pallet1]
paleaceous, paleal adj
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(ˈpeɪ li ə)

n., pl. -le•ae (-liˌi)
the upper or inner membranous bract of the pair that envelops each floret in a grass spike.
[1745–55; < New Latin; Latin: chaff]
pa`le•a′ceous (-ˈeɪ ʃəs) pa′le•ate (-ɪt, -ˌeɪt) adj.
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nitida and synonymized Hippasella with Sosippus Simon 1888, based on the eye arrangement observed on the carapace fragments of the type specimen and on the absence of a palea and of a terminal apophysis in the male pedipalp.
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Lower lemma 1.8-2 x 0.5-0.7 mm, bicarenate, lanceolate, hyaline, glabrous, 0-3-nerved, acuminate apex; palea absent; upper lemma 1-2 x 0.1-0.6 mm, hyaline, glabrous on the margins, 1-nerved, acute apex, awned, awn 5-9 mm long; palea 0.6-0.9 x 0.2-0.5 mm, hyaline, glabrous , 0-nerved, erose apex.
Passiena has excellent diagnostic characters, in particular the male pedipalp that carries a unique group of soft spicules on the distal part of the palea. The female of the type species, Passiena spinicrus Thorell 1890 from Malaysia, is illustrated for the first time.
In turn, each floret consists of a pair of glumes, a lemma, a palea, a pair of lodicules, three stamens, and a pistil.