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spathe

a large bract, often coloured, that surrounds the inflorescence of aroid plants and palms
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spathe

[spāth]
(botany)
A large, usually colored bract or pair of bracts enclosing an inflorescence, especially a spadix, on the same axis.
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Spathes 1-3 per branch, 3.2-3.6 x 0.4-0.5 cm, herbaceous, pale-green, bivalved, one-flowered, pedunculate, peduncles 1.4-2.8 cm long; outer valve 1.7-2.5 cm long, the inner 3-3.5 cm long, both with membranous edges covered with short parallel dark-brown longitudinal glandular strips and dots in the distal third.
Aedes albopictus breeding was observed in the cement tanks, plastic containers, metal containers, ant guards, latex cups, tree-holes, banana plant leaf axils, mud pots, flowerpot trays, grinding stones, tyres, glass bottles, spathes or bracts and discarded containers.
Six female spathes were randomly selected on each tree for recording of parameters.
On the other hand, other two varieties started giving spathes a couple of years earlier.
The infected palms showed symptoms: front malformation, scratches and furrows on the leaf rachis, absence of leaflets, little leaves, 'v' cut on leaf base, rachis, flower stalks and spathe, leaf drying, leaf whitening, inflorescence without flowers, inflorescence drying, fruit bunch braking, crown bending and dwarfing followed by the death of terminal bud.
p Zantedeschia Zwartzwalder: A wonderful hybrid form of arum lily with spotted leaves and deep purple, funnel-shaped spathes on 20cm (8in) stems.
The most popular cultivar is Lady Jane, which - with its red spathes set against the deep green leaf - is very impressive.
Of a similar ilk to the peace lily, isthe flamingo flower, whose leathery spathes in red, pink or white actually look artificial.
Surah 55 Al Rahman of the Qur'an says: It is he who has spread out the earth for his creatures Therein fruit and date palms, producing spathes (enclosing dates) Also corn with its leaves and stalk for fodder, And sweet smelling plants Then which of the favours Of your Lord will you deny?
A spadix (SPAY-diks) is a thick or fleshy flower spike usually surrounded by a conspicuous or colorful bract called a spathe. The unbranching spadix flowers are extremely tiny and, as a result, the colorful spathe is mistaken for a flower petal, as with the bright red spathes of anthuriums (see Figure 9-15).
Resembling fluted cups, flower bracts (called spathes) - pure white, cream, gold, yellow, pink, or spotted - surround a central yellow flower spike (spadix).
Two-way analysis of variance (Model I ANOVA) was performed on (1) female flowering shoot abundance, (2) the number of female spathes per flowering shoot, (3) the number of flowers, fruits, or seeds per flowering shoot, and (4) male flowering shoot abudance over time and depth for June-August 1991.