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Pedicel (botany)

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– Description:
– Pedicel connects a single flower to its inflorescence.
– Flowers without a pedicel are sessile.
– Pedicel can also refer to the stem of the infructescence.
– The term “pedicel” originates from the Latin word “pediculus,” meaning little foot.
– The stem holding a group of pedicels in an inflorescence is called a peduncle.

– In cultivation:
Pumpkin and squash plants in Halloween types have pedicels optimized for jack-o-lantern lids.
Plant breeders pay attention to the size and shape of the pedicel for this purpose.

– Gallery:
– Clasping milkweed with long pedicels and a single peduncle.
Cherry pedicels in flower and fruit.
Pumpkin pedicel images.

– See also:
– Related terms: Sessile and Scape.

– References:
– M. Hickey and C. King’s “The Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms.”
– W. W. Skeat’s “An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language.”
– C. Bird’s “The Fundamentals of Horticulture: Theory and Practice.”
– Source: Encyclopædia Britannica on Pedicel.
– Article on breeding better pumpkins.

– Bibliography:
– Encyclopædia Britannica’s entry on Pedicel.
– Article stub on plant morphology.
– Source URL for further reading.

Pedicel (botany) (Wikipedia)

In botany, a pedicel is a stem that attaches a single flower to the inflorescence. Such inflorescences are described as pedicellate.

The inflorescence of Delphinium nuttallianum. Each flower is held on a pedicel from one to several centimeters long.
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