- one of the individual leaves or parts of the calyx of a flower.
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The sepals are green and much smaller than the white petals.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
The calyx is tightly closed, although the tips of the sepals are spread widely.The Apple-Tree
L. H. Bailey
Stamens 5, inserted on the sepals, with double or irregular anthers.
Calyx inferior, funnelform, with 4–5 sepals as long as the corolla.
They occur normally in the sepals of Paronychia serpyllifolia and other plants.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
- any of the separate parts of the calyx of a flower
Word Origin for sepal
Word Origin and History for sepals
- 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.