Cauliflory: Flowers that Bloom on Tree Trunks

Last updated: 05-23-2018

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Cauliflory: Flowers that Bloom on Tree Trunks

Most woody flowering plants produce inflorescences on new growth and or young leafy shoots. A few, however, flower and fruit directly on their trunks or main branches. This unusual botanical trait is called cauliflory and the plants themselves are considered cauliflorous. The term is derived from the Latin caulis, meaning stem, and flor, meaning flower. (Although the vegetable cauliflower (Brassica oleracea) has the same name, it is not cauliflorous – the dense cluster of unopened flower buds...


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