California Ecosystems



An inflorescence is a grouping or cluster of flowers, as opposed to solitary flowers borne separately. Sometimes the word floret is used to refer to the individual flowers within such a cluster.

In what follows, I've illustrated the different terms with CalPhotos images of Southern California native plants. A very useful set of diagrams illustrating these terms is found at Armstrong, Wayne P. No date. Botany 115 terminology: Inflorescence terminology, Part 1. Wayne's Word: An Online Textbook of Natural History. Life Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California.

Inflorescences can be:

There are other structures associated with inflorescences:


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First placed on web: 09/29/15
Last revision: 09/21/21