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The Flower View is used by botanists, registration authorities, and compilers of regional floras to precisely identify the flowers and inflorescences.

  Item Notes
1 Blooming period The normal season for flowers to be in bloom.
2 Principal color The most prominent colors typically seen in flowers of this species.
3 Accent color The notable secondary colors of the flowers.
4 Form The form of the inflorescence: capitate, cymose, spicate, or umbellate to name a few.
5 Type The inflorescence type: catkin, head, raceme, thyrse, or umbel for example.
6 Arrangement The arrangement of the individual flowers within the inflorescence.  Examples include: clustered, loose, radiant, rosaceous, spiral, and others.
7 Stamens A free form description of the flower's stamens.
8 Aestivation The arrangement of the emerging flower parts within the unopened flower bud.
9 Insertion A description of how the flower is attached to the peduncle:  adnate, embracing, sheathing, sessile, and others.
10 Sexuality A description of the flower's perfection: dioecious, monoecious, polygamous, pistillate, staminate, etc.
11 Habit The way in which a flower holds itself up against gravity: erect, horizontal, nodding, or pendant.
12 Corolla The form of the flower's corolla.  Examples include: coroniform, cruciform, funnelform, papilionaceous, spurred, tubular, and others.
13 Pistil A free form description of the flower's pistil.
14 Inflorescence size The width of an inflorescence when it is symmetrical, or the length of an inflorescence when it is elongated.
15 Flower size The length of an individual flower, not the inflorescence as a whole, across it's widest dimension.

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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   


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