- a compound raceme.
- any loose, diversely branching flower cluster.
Origin of panicle
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In one or two species of Aira the panicle may be somewhat contracted and tuft-like.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
The index reference for "Panicle" should probably be 76, rather than 81, but was not changed.
Panicled, Paniculate, arranged in panicles, or like a panicle.
With the last-named gentleman a panicle, with sixty flowers upon it, is now (April, 1864) in full beauty.A Monograph of Odontoglossum
Sterile pinnæ pinnate; fronds large, fertile portion green, turning brown, forming a panicle at the top.The Fern Lover's Companion
George Henry Tilton
- a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses
- any branched inflorescence
C16: from Latin pānicula tuft, diminutive of panus thread, ultimately from Greek penos web; related to penion bobbin
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- A branched indeterminate inflorescence in which the branches are racemes, so that each flower has its own stalk (called a pedicel) attached to the branch. Oats and sorghum have panicles. See illustration at inflorescence.
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