- a simple indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are borne on short pedicels lying along a common axis, as in the lily of the valley.
- a compound inflorescence in which the short pedicels with single flowers of the simple raceme are replaced by racemes.
Origin of raceme
First recorded in 1775–85, raceme is from the Latin word racēmus cluster of grapes, bunch of berries
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Examples from the Web for raceme
This form of inflorescence is known technically as a “raceme.”Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
Spike, an inflorescence like a raceme, only the flowers are sessile, 74.The Elements of Botany
Now this plant produces several flowers on a raceme and many racemes during a season.
The leaves of this plant are linear and channelled, and the drooping flowers form a raceme of from six to twelve blooms.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
In this specimen a raceme of small flowers was included within the enlarged pericarp of a species of Anchusa.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
- an inflorescence in which the flowers are borne along the main stem, with the oldest flowers at the base. It can be simple, as in the foxglove, or compoundSee panicle
C18: from Latin racēmus bunch of grapes
Word Origin and History for raceme
type of flower cluster, 1785, from Latin racemus "a cluster of grapes" (see raisin). Related: Racemic; racemism.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An optically inactive chemical compound.
- An indeterminate inflorescence in which each flower grows on its own stalk from a common stem. The lily of the valley and snapdragon have racemes. See illustration at inflorescence.
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