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Glossary Tip - Sepal

By wildflowers
July 30, 2012

Sepals are the leaf-like structure found between the top of the stock and the petals (corolla) of flowers. Look on the underside of the flower petals to find the sepal.

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jmorth
Jul 30, 2012 5:37 PM CST
Is this an example?Thumb of 2012-07-30/jmorth/26a14b
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Jul 30, 2012 6:07 PM CST
That's a beautiful example, jmorth!! so pretty! Lovey dubby
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Jul 30, 2012 6:16 PM CST
thanks
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Leftwood
Nov 4, 2013 11:24 PM CST
Actually, the picture wildflower shows is a perfect example of sepals, but your's, jmorth, is not. (But it really is a nice pic!) What you have, is an umbel of many individual flowers. Each individual flower would have sepals. A collective bunch of flowers never does. Each of your red flowers has an ovary (where seed would be produced), as indicated by the blue arrows below:
Thumb of 2013-11-05/Leftwood/6de6eb

If these red flowers have sepals, they would be located just below the petals, and in this case, above the ovaries. Sepals take many forms and in fact may look just like petals, and I cannot tell positively if the flowers have sepals or not. But the whorl of green at the convergence of individual flower stems are a sort of modified leaves, probably termed as bracts.

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wildflowers
Nov 5, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Thank you so much for your explanation and beneficial information, Rick! Thumbs up
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Nov 5, 2013 12:54 PM CST
ditto
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