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A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin

 
Bracteole, a bractlet, q.v.; “bracts of a second order, usually smaller and more changed than the true bracts; also small bracts” (Lindley); a small bract borne on the flower stalk, often present even when the flower is essentially sessile: bracteola,-ae (s.f.I), abl. sg. bracteola, nom. pl. bracteolae, acc. pl. bracteolas, dat. & abl. pl. bracteolis; in Juncus, see prophyll;

- calyx per bracteolas apicales duas multum quam calyem longiores velatus, calyx by bracteoles apical two much longer than the calyx covered.

- basibus bracteolarum floralium tumidis et inaequis, with the bases of the floral bracteoles swollen and unequal.

- sépala 2, lateralia, bracteola suffulta (B&H), sepals 2, lateral, subtended by a bracteole.

- flores [masculi] intra spatham 2-oo, singuli bracteola spathacea complicata stipati (B&H), male flowers within the spathe 2-[indeterminate], individual ones stalked with a spathaceous folded up bracteole.

- bracteae sub quoque flore angustae, acuminatae, cum bracteola minore in pedicello brevissimo. (B&H), bracts under each flower narrow, acuminate, with a smaller bracteole on a very short pedicel.

- Flores sessiles, solitarii, minimi, bracteolis 2-3 sepaloideis cincti. (B&H), flowers sessile, solitary, very small, encircled by 2-3 sepaloid bracteoles.

- flos basi bracteolis 2 v. oo per paria imbricatis cinctus (B&H), the flower encircled at the base with bracteoles in pairs 2 or [indeterminat] imbricate.

- bracteolis medio pedicelli insertis (DeCandolle), with the bracteoles inserted at the middle of the pedicel.

NOTE: bracteole is a general word referring to small bracts and may include words such as ‘scale’ and ‘glumellae’ (dim. of glume); see glumella,-ae (s.f.I);

- Gaimardia defectu bracteolarum (seu glumellarum) inter Centrolepideas forsan proxime Trithurias accedit, habitu aliisque notis longe distat. (F. Mueller), Gaimardia, by a defect of the bracteoles (or glumellae) approaches among the Centrolepideae perhaps nearest to Trithuriae, but by the habit and other characters it is far distant.

 

A work in progress, presently with preliminary A through R, and S, and with S (in part) through Z essentially completed.
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