- a small or secondary spike in grasses; one of the flower clusters, the unit of inflorescence, consisting of two or more flowers and subtended by one or more glumes variously disposed around a common axis.
Origin of spikelet
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Spikelet with a reddish tinge; awn almost smooth, less than 20 mm.Grasses
H. Marshall Ward
Spikelet single, terminating the naked culm, many–several-flowered.
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- A small spike, especially one that is part of the characteristic inflorescence of grasses and sedges. A grass spikelet consists of one or more florets (reduced flowers). Each floret contains a pistil and stamens and is enclosed by two bracts, the lemma and the palea. At the base of the entire spikelet are two additional scalelike bracts, the glumes.
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