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Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?

  • Subject: Re: [aroid-l] what does inflorescence mean?
  • From: MossyTrail@cs.com
  • Date: Thu, 05 Jun 2003 22:50:42 -0400

"Wilbert Hetterscheid" <hetter@worldonline.nl> wrote:

>> It can get confusing with asters; that is, is each head an
>> inflorescence, or is the whole cluster of heads the inflorescence?
>Asters and e.g. spurges have an even higher level of organisation where
>individual inflorescemces may themselves be small and clustered so as to
>form a higher level inforescence (sometimes called a synflorescence.....are
>ye all with me???). In fact many aroids also have a synflorecence as more
>inflorescences may appear from one and the same point (e.g. Syngonium).
Synflorescence...that is a good word.  Syn = coming together, so, a coming together of inflorescences.  I'll remember that one.  I suppose that some Peperomia also have that, as they have a branched stalk with a "spadix" on each branch.  (e.g., P. peltilimba)

Jason Hernandez

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