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flower head

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noun Botany.
  1. an inflorescence consisting of a dense cluster of small, stalkless flowers; capitulum.

Origin of flower head

First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for flower head

Historical Examples

  • The color of the blossom is darker than in red clover, and the flower-head is looser.

    Cornell Nature-Study Leaflets

    Various

  • When the flower-head is turned toward you, as in the first sketch, its shape is quite like a circle.

  • Do you notice that the flower-head does not show each blossom, separate and distinct?

  • The ray-florets curve inwards and “close” the flower-head in dull weather and towards evening.

  • Capitulum or Flower-head of the Marigold, showing the involucre or whorl of overlapping bracts.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux


British Dictionary definitions for flower head

flower head

noun
  1. 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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