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Definition of calyx

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Definition as written by jody:

A structure that is leaf-like and encloses and protects the bud of a flower

Definition as written by Plant_Geek:

the collective term for the sepals of a flower

Definition as written by poppysue:

Calyx on Malva bloom

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Definition as written by poppysue:

And on a heliopsis bloom

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Definition as written by Monocromatico:

The outter whorl of the flower, composed by the sepals, which usually have a protective function. Sometimes the calyx have a petaloid appearance (fleshy, bit and coloured sepals) that helps the flower to atract pollinators (examples: Orchids, Passion Flowers, Mussaendas). In more rare cases, the calyx persists while the fruit develops, and it works as an adictional protection to it (example: Physallis).


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