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The Term "Inflorescence"
Posted by Jim Wilmington DE 7a on 6/16/2017, 6:28 am, in reply to "A few Palmetto observations :"
We all use the term inflorescence to describe Sabal flower stalks and, perhaps, the flower stalks of other palm species as well. I am as guilty of the practice as anyone on the board. However, isn't inflorescence truly defined as a flower/fruit system whereby the flower (stamens, pistols, etc) is internal or "within" the fruit as opposed to the more typical external form?
In other words, a fig is an inflorescence. The flowering parts are inside the fruit, rather than outside, like an apple or orange.
I could do a quick web search on this and answer my own questions, but I think that's cheating.
Jim, Wilmington, DE, 7a
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