Inflorescence - Peduncle

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at EARTHLINK.NET
Mon Dec 6 22:18:10 CST 2004

on 2004-12-06 08:06 Richard Jensen wrote:
> If the stalk of the individual spikelet is a pedicel, then what is the stalk
> of the entire inflorescence?  And, what about grasses that have
> single-flowered spikelets, e.g., Zizania?  Is the stalk of the spikelet then
> a pedicle and the stalk of the inflorescence a peduncle?

If I understand correctly, grass flowers are ordinarily sessile, even in
Zizania, which, iirc, has a lemma and palea surrounding the flower, and
lacks only glumes.

> A grain of wisdom would come in handy about now.

It's tempting, but following that path could culm-inate in a lot of bad

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