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flower head

noun, Botany
an inflorescence consisting of a dense cluster of small, stalkless flowers; capitulum.
Origin of flower head
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for flower head
  • If the plant is in seed, carefully place a plastic bag around the entire flower head cluster to prevent the seeds from escaping.
  • Short inflorescence stalks emerge from the leaf axils, bearing one composite flower head and one to two leaves.
  • Whitish bracts stick out sharply from the flowers, which gives the flower head a rough, prickly feel and appearance.
  • Whitish bracts stick out sharpy from the flowers, which gives the flower head a rough, prickly feel and appearance.
  • But a teasel begins with a band of blue, lavender or purple flowers around the middle of each flower head and blooms both ways.
  • The flower head at the end of a wiry stem is cylindrical, with a fringe of rosy petals on a partly bare cone.
  • Stems may be simple and bear a single flower head, or branched and bear numerous heads.
  • Leaf texture and hairiness and flower head size are the highly variable characters.
  • Each flower head grows opposite the next on the stalk, with the top ones blooming first, then on down the stalk.
  • Each tiny flower head in prairie goldenrod has about fifteen to twenty-five flowers.
British Dictionary definitions for flower head

flower head

an inflorescence in which stalkless florets are crowded together at the tip of the stem
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flower head in Science
flower head  
  1. A short, dense, indeterminate inflorescence of sessile flowers, as of composite plants or clover. See more at composite family.

  2. A very dense grouping of flower buds, as in broccoli and cauliflower.

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