Botanical Nerd Word: Bract

Bract: A leaflike organ subtending an inflorescence. Bracts are sometimes brightly coloured and petal-like, as in poinsettia (Eurphorbia pulcherrima)* Poinsettias are grown for their bright red bracts which surround their small …

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Echinacea bloom showing disc and ray florets.

Botanical Nerd Word: Floret

Floret: One of the individual small flowers of a clustered inflorescence, e.g. sunflower.* Coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea, are in the Asteraceae (sunflower/daisy family). Like all members of that family, their ‘flowers’ are …

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