scarious


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scarious

[′skar·ē·əs]
(botany)
Having a thin, membranous texture.
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From the Greek hyaleos, of glass, and seris, chicory, lettuce, probably because of the shiny, scarious involucral bracts.
Capitulescences corymbose to paniculate; capitula pedunculate to subsessile, homogamous, discoid or radiate; receptacle paleaceous, paleae thin, scarious, embracing the central florets; involucre one- to two-seriate.
2(-5) dm, the lowermost part scaly, smooth, the leaves of midculm longest; sheaths tubular-cylindric, rather loosely investing the culms and often overlapping, multicostate, hirsute, the Iigular orifice scarious, oblique, ciliate, pale brown; larger leaf blades narrowly linear, as cending or spreading, to 19 cm long but usually much shorter, rarely broader than 6 mm, attenuate from near the base to the slender apex, smooth to sparsely or copiously hirtellous with weak, translucent hairs, sparingly spreading-ciliate proximally.
Pistillate inflorescences usually 2-divided panicles, with long primary branches and short secondary branches with clustered flowers, occasionally the inflorescences 1-divided panicles with flowers scattered along the branches, laxly arranged, scape erect, brown, smooth, cylindrical, 45-50 cm long, 6-7 mm in diameter, scape bracts scarious, at the base of the inflorescence longer than internodes and slightly overlapping, toward the apex much shorter than internodes, triangular, acute and long acuminate, 2-4 cm long, 1-1.