- 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
The color of the blossom is darker than in red clover, and the flower-head is looser.
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
- an inflorescence in which stalkless florets are crowded together at the tip of the stem
- A short, dense, indeterminate inflorescence of sessile flowers, as of composite plants or clover. See more at composite family.
- A very dense grouping of flower buds, as in broccoli and cauliflower.
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