one of the marginal florets surrounding the disk of tubular florets in the flower heads of certain composite plants, as the daisy.
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Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?
Also called ray floret.
Origin of ray flower
First recorded in 1850–55
Words nearby ray flower
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Scientific definitions for ray flower
One of the narrow flowers, resembling single petals, that surround the central disk in the capitulum or flower cluster of a plant of the composite family (Asteraceae or Compositae), such as the daisy or sunflower. Rays are often male flowers with sterile stamens. Also called ray ray floret
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