- a chafflike scale or bract.
- the scalelike, membranous organ in the flowers of grasses that is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil.
Origin of palea
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The palea is as long as the glume, 2-toothed or not at the apex.
The third glume is hyaline, empty, nerveless and without a palea.
The awn or beard is merely an elongation of the palea inferior.
The long slender awn is inserted below the bifid tip of the palea.
Caryopsis grooved, blunt and more tightly held in the palea.
- the inner of two bracts surrounding each floret in a grass spikeletCompare lemma 1
- any small membranous bract or scale
Word Origin for palea
- The inner or upper of the two bracts enclosing one of the small flowers within a grass spikelet.
- The chaffy scales on the receptacle of a flower head in a plant of the composite family.