Inflorescence - Peduncle

Guido at Guido at
Mon Dec 6 17:16:54 CST 2004

> Thomas G. Lammers wrote:

> But the point remains, it *is* a stem,
> not a root or leaf.

What you mean is obviously that the peduncle is of stem 'nature' (as you pointed
out there are just 2 other possibilities).
Apart from that, stem, peduncle, rachis, inflorescence... are also 'spatial'
structures. And when you want to put their measurements in a database you have
to know what to measure. And it would be nice if we all would measure it the
same way...:-)

BTW, this seems to be an intriguing topic. No one of all those who answered so
far (some also off list) uses the same definition!

Guido Mathieu

Peperomia Research Group
Department of Biology
Ghent University
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35,
B-9000 Gent. Belgium

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