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Bract  [ Botany ]
Adjective: Bracteate

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  A bract is a reduced or modified leaf different in various characteristics from the foliage leaves in the axil of which arises a flower or a flower cluster.  
Bracts are often found at the base of a flower, (or of a cone) involucral with an inflorescence, they may form a cup around the flower (e.g. Asteraceae) or resemble a normal leaf, or be reduced and scale-like in appearance, or large, brilliantly coloured, similar to petals to emphasize the flowers  (e.g. Poinsetta  Euphorbia pulcherrima). Shoots and flowers may arise from a leaf  axil, but a flower arises more often in the axil of a bract.





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