The buds, which are generally partially replaced by small bulbs, are enclosed in a spathe or sheath which entirely conceals them.
The spathe which contains the flowers is also put to many uses.
As this spathe withers away, the flower-stalk continues to grow, and its little greenish-yellow blossoms become brown.
This organ, rolled up in a coil or spiral, is named the spathe.
The whole of the spadix is surrounded by a large bract or spathe which is contracted a little distance above its base.
Spadix and spathe of the Indian Turnip; the latter cut through below.
In Richardia æthiopica one or more leaves become occasionally as white as the spathe is usually.
A vessel holding a couple of gallons, made out of the spathe of the areca palm, is used for bringing down the toddy.
Operations begin when the spathe is still enclosed by its sheath.
As the fruit ripens the spathe withers, and the brilliant red berries are exposed.