- a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.
Origin of bract
Related Words for bractneedle, stalk, frond, petal, scale, blade, leaflet, flag, pad, bract, stipule, petiole, foliole
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Historical Examples of bract
The lower part of the bract forms a sheath which encloses the ovary.
Union of the leaf or bract with the flower-stalk is not uncommon.
Br, The bract devoid of muscles and respiratory in function.
Diagram of Violet-flower; showing the relation of parts to bract and axis.The Elements of Botany
The bract and pedicels of the umbel all spring from the extremity of a peduncle 1½in.
- a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
Word Origin for bract
in botany, "small leaf at the base of a flower," Modern Latin, from Latin bractea, literally "thin metal plate," of unknown origin. Related: Bracteal; bracteate.
- A modified leaf growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Bracts are generally small and inconspicuous, but some are showy and petallike, as the brightly colored bracts of bougainvillaea or the white or pink bracts of flowering dogwoods.