Inflorescence
Inflorescence In`flo*res"cence, n. [L. inflorescens, p. pr. of inflorescere to begin to blossom; pref. in- in + florescere to begin to blossom: cf. F. inflorescence. See {Florescent}.] 1. A flowering; the putting forth and unfolding of blossoms. [1913 Webster]

2. (Bot.) (a) The mode of flowering, or the general arrangement and disposition of the flowers with reference to the axis, and to each other. (b) An axis on which all the buds are flower buds. [1913 Webster]

Inflorescence affords an excellent characteristic mark in distinguishing the species of plants. --Milne. [1913 Webster]

{Centrifugal inflorescence}, determinate inflorescence.

{Centripetal inflorescence}, indeterminate inflorescence. See under {Determinate}, and {Indeterminate}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Inflorescence — of Anthurium scherzerianum. An inflorescence is a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Strictly, it is the part of the shoot of seed plants where flowers are… …   Wikipedia

  • inflorescence — [ ɛ̃flɔresɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1789; du lat. inflorescere « se couvrir de fleurs » ♦ Bot. Mode de groupement des fleurs sur la tige d une plante. Inflorescence axillaire, terminale. ⇒ sommité. Modes d inflorescence. ⇒ capitule, 2. chaton, corymbe, cyme …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inflorescence — (n.) 1760, from Mod.L. inflorescentia, from L.L. inflorescentem (nom. inflorescens) flowering, prp. of L. inflorescere to come to flower, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + florescere to begin to bloom (see FLOURISH (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • inflorescence — ► NOUN Botany 1) the complete flower head of a plant, including stems, stalks, bracts, and flowers. 2) the process of flowering. ORIGIN from Latin inflorescere come into flower …   English terms dictionary

  • inflorescence — [in΄flō res′əns, in΄flôres′əns; in΄fləres′əns] n. [ModL inflorescentia < LL inflorescens, prp. of inflorescere, to begin to blossom: see IN 1 & FLORESCENCE] Bot. 1. the producing of blossoms; flowering 2. the arrangement of flowers on a stem… …   English World dictionary

  • Inflorescence — L inflorescence est la disposition des fleurs sur la tige d’une plante à fleur. Cette disposition, dont le motif s apparente à une fractale, est souvent caractéristique d’une famille, par exemple le spadice des Aracées, et lui a parfois donné son …   Wikipédia en Français

  • inflorescence — inflorescent, adj. /in flaw res euhns, floh , fleuh /, n. 1. a flowering or blossoming. 2. Bot. a. the arrangement of flowers on the axis. b. the flowering part of a plant. c. a flower cluster. d. flowers collectively. [1750 60; < NL… …   Universalium

  • inflorescence — (in flo rè ssan s ) s. f. Terme de botanique. Disposition particulière des fleurs d une plante, sur les rameaux et pédoncules.    Inflorescence centrifuge, définie ou terminée, celle dans laquelle l épanouissement des fleurs commence par le… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • inflorescence — žiedynas statusas T sritis augalininkystė apibrėžtis Žiedų rinkinys, sutelktas specialiame ūglyje arba jų komplekse, neturinčiame tikrųjų lapų. atitikmenys: angl. inflorescence rus. соцветие …   Žemės ūkio augalų selekcijos ir sėklininkystės terminų žodynas

  • inflorescence — noun Etymology: New Latin inflorescentia, from Late Latin inflorescent , inflorescens, present participle of inflorescere to begin to bloom, from Latin in + florescere to begin to bloom more at florescence Date: 1760 1. a. the mode of development …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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