a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
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a leaf in whose axil the flower develops; a leaf enveloping a flower shoot. Bracts are smaller than ordinary leaves and are reduced. Only in a few plants, such as sage, are they large and colorful. Sometimes, for example, in Cruciferae and dill, the bracts fall early.
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A modified leaf associated with plant reproductive structures.
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