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Definition of fascicle

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Definition as written by htop:

A small or slender bundle; a bundle of 2 to 5 leaves enclosed at the base by sheath; a bundle or cluster of stems, flowers, or leaves, such as the bundles in which pine needles grow

When flowers have a large number of stamens, then the stamens often occur in groups or clusters (fascicles).

The leaves of pine trees appear in bundles (fascicles) with the number of leaves per fascicle being an important distinguishing feature.

The photo (courtesy of Forest and Kim Starr) below is of a Mexican weeping pine (Pinus patula) showing its fascicles with the needles emerging from the sheaths.

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