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The time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms.  Synonyms: anthesis, blossoming, efflorescence, florescence, flowering.
The flowering part of a plant or arrangement of flowers on a stalk.

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... axillary. Generally, however, the flower-bearing portion of the plant is sharply distinguished from the foliage leaf-bearing or vegetative portion, and forms a more or less elaborate branch-system in which the bracts are small and scale-like. Such a branch-system is called an inflorescence. The primary function of the flower is to bear the spores. These, as in Gymnosperms, are of two kinds, microspores or pollen-grains, borne in the stamens (or microsporophylls) and megaspores, in which the egg-cell is developed, contained in the ovule, which is borne enclosed ...
— Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1 • Various

Words linked to "Inflorescence" :   flower, anthesis, bract, blossoming, catkin, flower cluster, flower head, efflorescence, blossom, ontogenesis, ament, development, maturation, spike, flowering, umbel, growth, corymb, cyme, growing, florescence, bloom, ontogeny

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