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A modified leaf with a flower or inflorescence in its axil. Bracts are often brightly coloured and may be mistaken for the petals of a flower. For example the showy ‘flowers’ of poinsettia and Bougainvillea are composed of bracts; the true flowers are comparatively inconspicuous. See also involucre.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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