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Definition of bract

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Definition as written by paulgrow:

A modified leaf arising below a flower or inflorescence

Definition as written by Floridian:

These modified leaves are often confused with the flower itself

Definition as written by flowox:

The leaflike part associated with a flower, sometimes thought of incorrectly as a petal (example: poinsettia plant)

Definition as written by Monocromatico:

Leaf-like structure associated with inflorescences. They often have a protective function, staying as smaller, green leaves. But sometimes they show themselves as colorful and eyecatchng structures, which atracts pollinators or seed dispersors.

Sometimes bracts are more atractive than the flowers themselves, which may cause confusion. Good examples of plants with atractive bracts are most Bromeliads, Aroids, Heliconias, and Poinsetias.

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