[ kaw-li-flawr-ee, ‐flohr-ee ]
/ ˈkɔ lɪˌflɔr i, ‐ˌfloʊr i /

noun Botany.

the production of flowers and fruits directly from the branches or trunks of woody or tropical plants.

Related forms

cau·li·flo·rous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cauliflory

  • The flowers are borne on the main stem or the older branches, and arise from dormant axillary buds (Cauliflory).

    Cocoa and Chocolate|Arthur W. Knapp

British Dictionary definitions for cauliflory


/ (ˈkɔːlɪˌflɔːrɪ) /


botany the production of flowers on the trunk, branches, etc, of a woody plant, as opposed to the ends of the twigs

Derived Forms

cauliflorous, adjective

Word Origin for cauliflory

C20: from Latin caulis stem + -flory, from flōs flower
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