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[fil-uh-ree] /ˈfɪl ə ri/
noun, plural phyllaries. Botany
one of the bracts forming the involucre or the head or inflorescence of a composite plant.
Origin of phyllary
1855-60; < New Latin phyllarium < Greek phyllárion, diminutive of phýllon leaf Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Each phyllary is ovate, with a green base and a broad, papery margin at the tip.
  • phyllary characteristics are important for species identification.
  • phyllary and achene characteristics are important in distinguishing these species.

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