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serotinous

[ sĭ-rŏtn-əs, sĕr′ə-tīnəs ]
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Late in developing, opening, or blooming. For example, serotinous pine cones may persist unopened on the tree for years and only burst open during a forest fire. Serotinous flowers on trees develop only after the tree has produced leaves.
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