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a compound inflorescence with a main axis that develops lateral branches at various levels. These branches, in turn, produce smaller branches that bear flowers or small inflorescences (for example, the spikelets of grains and the capitula of Compositae). The branches may be tightly pressed to the central axis or may stand away from it. Spreading panicles have horizontal branches. A panicle that is tightly compressed and has short branches— for example, the spike of a grain (timothy, sweet vernal grass and foxtail)—is called a tassel.