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A ring of fused bracts below the calyx forming a structure that resembles the calyx.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in flowers, the lower outer row of small bracts of the calyx that alternate with the sepals. The epicalyx forms from stipules of the sepals. It is well developed in plants of the families Malvaceae (mallow, cotton) and Rosaceae (cinquefoil, strawberry).

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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