ray floret


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ray floret small flower with a flat strap-shaped corolla usually occupying the peripheral rings of a composite flower
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ray floret (Bot) one of the marginal flowers of the capitulum in such composite plants as the aster, goldenrod, daisy, and sunflower. They have an elongated, strap-shaped corolla, while the corollas of the disk flowers are tubular and five-lobed.
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In literature:

The disk florets mostly contain both stamens and pistil, while the ray florets in one series are all male.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Each one has a single ray of shining white florets, narrow and separate.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Nature is slyly freakish at times, and in this instance she changed the individual flowers into ray florets.
"Making a Garden of Perennials" by W. C. Egan
The ray-florets curve inwards and "close" the flower-head in dull weather and towards evening.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9" by Various