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Word of the Week: 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 flowers.

*Blackmore, S., Tootill, E. (eds.) (1984). The Penguin dictionary of botany. London: Penguin.

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