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spa·dix

 (spā′dĭks)
n. pl. spa·di·ces (-dĭ-sēz′)
A fleshy clublike spike bearing minute flowers, usually enclosed within a sheathlike spathe, characteristic of aroid plants such as the jack-in-the-pulpit.

[Latin spādīx, broken-off palm branch, from Greek, from spān, to stretch.]

spadix

(ˈspeɪdɪks)
n, pl spadices (speɪˈdaɪsiːz)
(Botany) a racemose inflorescence having many small sessile flowers borne on a fleshy stem, the whole usually being surrounded by a spathe: typical of aroid plants
[C18: from Latin: pulled-off branch of a palm, with its fruit, from Greek: torn-off frond; related to Greek span to pull off]

spa•dix

(ˈspeɪ dɪks)

n., pl. spa•di•ces (speɪˈdaɪ siz, ˈspeɪ dəˌsiz)
a fleshy or thickened spike of minute flowers, usu. enclosed in a spathe.
[1750–60; < Latin spādīx a broken palm branch and its fruit < Greek spadīx, akin to spân to tear off]

spa·dix

(spā′dĭks)
A fleshy spike of minute flowers, usually enclosed within a spathe, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spadix - the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathespadix - the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe
axis - the main stem or central part about which plant organs or plant parts such as branches are arranged
spike - (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
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The spadices of Jack-in-the-pulpits do not generate heat during flowering, unlike aroid species with a brief anthesis (5).
Individuals with spadices 10 ft (3 m) tall have been found, and this makes them without a doubt the largest unbranched inflorescences in the world.
In the case of Acorus, immature spadices were sliced transversely.
It is a dioecious, myrmecophilous tree of 20-35 m height with many clusters of 3-5 wind-pollinated spadices, each bearing 2700-4700 cylindrical achenes, 1-2 mm long and 0.