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Tepal    [ Botany ]
"(undifferentiated) Perianth segment"

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  Tepals are sterile petal-like parts of a flower derived by modified leaves.  

Tepals are free segment of a perianth that is not clearly differentiated into calyx (sepals) and corolla (petals), the proper name for one of these undifferentiated petal-like parts is tepal.

Compare with: Petal, Sepal, Perianth





Left:   In the Cactaceae family the tepal  are the bright coloured part of the flowers, that differentiate gradually from  scale-like ( basal) ,  sepal-like (intermediate) to petal-like (distal)
In the photo a flower of Harrisia jusbertii.






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