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adj. Biology
Covered with soft silky hairs.

[Latin sēriceus, silken, alteration of sēricus; see serge1.]
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1. (Botany) covered with a layer of small silky hairs: a sericeous leaf.
2. (Botany) silky
[C18: from Late Latin sēriceus silken, from Latin sēricus; see serge]
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(sɪˈrɪʃ əs)

1. silky.
2. covered with silky down, as a leaf.
[1770–80; < Late Latin sēriceus < Latin sēric(us) Chinese, silken (< Greek sērikós, derivative of Sḗr member of a Far Eastern people, appar. the Chinese)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sericeous - covered with fine soft hairs or down; "downy milkweed seeds"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
haired, hairy, hirsute - having or covered with hair; "Jacob was a hairy man"; "a hairy caterpillar"
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Dorsal vestiture very sparse, mostly very small, decumbent, silvery, simple to weakly sericeous setae, and frequently erect bristlelike setae.
Elytra oval-elongate, feebly widened toward apex, finely striate; striae superficially punctured, subcrenulate; interstices flat, strongly microreticulate, sericeous; sparsely, irregularly and finely punctured, sparsely shortly pubescent toward apex; epipleura distinct, elongately bristled on basal three quarters; shoulder not denticulate.
Petals 5.0-8.0 mm long, 0.9-2.2 mm wide, yellow to yellow-orange; membranous lamina narrowly obtriangular, adaxial surface densely papillose, above claw sparsely pilose, at times stellate on other face or ciliate at apex, midvein only slightly raised; claw 1.1-2.2 mm long, adherant to stamens for 1.3-1.9 mm; stamens 2.5-4.3 mm long, filament tube 2.0-3.6 mm long; anthers 0.5-0.8 mm long; pistil 3.4-4.7 mm long, ovary apex sericeous, stigma elongateplumose, with stigmatic column 1.1-1.5 mm long, stigmatic branches 0.4-0.5 mm long.
triangular, soft, thinly sericeous or lacking tomentum, 60-90 mm long.
Inflorescences 1.2-0.3 mm, densely villous outside, densely sericeous inside at base, corolla densely retorsely puberulous or villous outside, glabrous inside, tube 3.5-5.0 mm long, lobes; stamens attached to corolla tube; ovary 2-locular, densely villous.
Inflorescences axillary, racemose, 2 flowered, 1.4-2.6 cm long; bracts lanceolate, 3-5 mm long, persistent, strigose, margin ciliated; pedicel 1.3-1.8 cm long; extrafloral nectaries absent; flower 0.7-1.3 cm diam; sepals heteromorphic, two smaller deltoid, 3.6-4 x 2-2.2 mm, strigose, margin ciliated, three larger ovate to obovate, 5.7-9 x 4-4.2 mm, strigose, margin ciliated; petals heteromorphic, yellow, petal vexilar obcordate, 8-8.2 x 3-5 mm, two laterals obovate and oblong, 5.7-9 x 3-5 mm, two abaxial obovate and oblong, 6-9 x 3-4 mm; stamens 7, heteromorphic, three largest, 4.4-6.1 mm long, four smaller, 4-5 mm long, fillets 11.2-2.1 mm long, anthers 1.8-3.6 mm long; three staminodes 11.5 mm long; ovary sericeous, 1.5-1.7 x c.
This species belongs to a group of yellow-flowered species with the leaves abaxially densely sericeous, mostly limited to eastern and southern Brazil (ser.
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