- a compound raceme.
- any loose, diversely branching flower cluster.
Origin of panicle
Examples from the Web for panicles
Historical Examples of panicles
The panicles of mahonia bloom were showing their gold color.Her Father's Daughter
Panicles of flowers and fruit terminal; the berries striated.
Flowers small, white, in panicles or corymbs in late spring.
It has enormous leaves, and small whitish flowers in panicles.The Wild Garden
It has large pinnate leaves, and panicles of purple flowers.Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands
Gerrit Parmile Wilder
- a compound raceme, occurring esp in grasses
- any branched inflorescence
Word Origin for panicle
- A branched indeterminate inflorescence in which the branches are racemes, so that each flower has its own stalk (called a pedicel) attached to the branch. Oats and sorghum have panicles. See illustration at inflorescence.