- one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower.
Origin of sepal
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In one flower of the last-named species the perianth consisted of one sepal only, and one lip-like petal placed opposite to it.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
Petal and sepal are ‘stone-colour,’ warmed, one cannot say even tinged, with crimson.
White of sepal and petal, with the vast magenta-crimson lip of Hardyana.
White or palest rose of sepal and petal, the latter marked with purplish lines at the base.
The colour of sepal and petal pink, the throat yellow, the spreading disc magenta-crimson.
- any of the separate parts of the calyx of a flower
Word Origin for sepal
- One of the usually separate, green parts that surround and protect the flower bud and extend from the base of a flower after it has opened. Sepals tend to occur in the same number as the petals and to be centered over the petal divisions. In some species sepals are colored like petals, and they can even be indistinguishable from petals, as in the lilies (in what are called tepals). In some groups, such as the poppies, the sepals fall off after the flower bud opens. See more at flower.