Plant Database forum: Correct English term for deceiving leaves pretending to be flowers..

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jul 4, 2013 1:27 PM CST
I have a plant grown from seed, called : Salvia viridis 'Pink Sundae' which has on the top of its stems colourful leaves resembling flowers I guess for attracting pollinators to its tiny flowers.
These leaves are worth a close-up photo but when entering that into the database do I put it under 'leaves'? And how do you call this kind of leaves which are very different to its actual leaves?
Name: Connie
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pardalinum
Jul 4, 2013 1:59 PM CST
An entry in wikipedia refers to the colored "leaves" as bracts. I've grown this before under the name Salvia horminum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_viridis
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jul 4, 2013 2:45 PM CST
Thank you Connie, bracts it will be, but then do I enter the picture in the database under 'leaves'?
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 4, 2013 2:59 PM CST

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These types of bracts are part of the inflorescence so you could enter it under 'Bloom' if you wish. Bracts are in fact leaves though, so it would also be perfectly reasonable to enter it under 'Leaves' if you would prefer. Either one will be fine, really.
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jul 4, 2013 4:06 PM CST
Thanks Kent! I think I prefer the correct term 'leaves' then, especially with this plant which has its true flowers underneath all along the stem (not in the middle like f.ex. Hortensia, Pointsettia etc..).

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