Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?
- Subject: Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?
- From: MossyTrail@cs.com
- Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2003 23:25:05 -0400
"Petra Schmidt" <email@example.com> wrote:
>Hi there...Time to buy a good book on botanical terms and my favorite is: A
>Dictionary of Botany by R. John Little and C. Eugene Jones - they define
>"the arrangement of flowers on a floral axis; a floral cluster"
That is the best explanation of the several. Say you have a foxglove. That long spike with all the flowers on it is the inflorescence. With Agave, I would say that big, tree-like structure is the inflorescence, because an Agave not in flower does not have it.
It can get confusing with asters; that is, is each head an inflorescence, or is the whole cluster of heads the inflorescence?
Incidentally, isn't it intriguing that the three examples we discussed for largest flower/inflorescence (A. titanum, Rafflesia, Talipot Palm) all live in the same part of the world?