anthesis full bloom of a flower. anthoecology the branch of ecology that studies the relationship of flowers to their environment. anthography Botany. the description of flowers. anthomania Rare. an extreme love for flowers. anthophagy the habit, as of larvae, of feeding on flowers. —anthophagous, adj. anthophobia an abnormal fear of flowers. cleistogamy the state of bearing small flowers as well as fully developed ones, as in the pansy, in which the small ones do not open but are pollinated by their own anthers. —cleistogamous, adj. conservatory a greenhouse, especially one used to grow delicate, rare, and exotic flowers and plants for decorative purposes. See also music dichogamy the condition, in some flowering plants, in which the pistils and stamens mature at different times, thus preventing self-pollination. —dichogamous, adj. diclinism the condition of having the stamens and pistils in separate flowers. —diclonous, adj. efflorescence the process of flowering or blooming. —efflorescent, adj. epanody peloria. estivation, aestivation the arrangement of petals in a flower before it opens; prefloration. Also aestivation. florescence 1. the state or condition of being in flower or blooming 2. the period during which this occurs. 3. a period of great development. —florescent, adj. floretum a garden specifically used for the growth and scientific study of flowers. floribunda one of several varieties of rosé characterized by their long blooming period and their large flowers, often in clusters. floriculture the cultivation of flowers, especially of decorative flowering plants, usually on a commercial scale. —floriculturist, n. —floricultural, adj. florimania a mania for plants and flowers. homogony the condition of similarity in length and location of all the pistils and stamens in flowers of the same species. —homogonous, adj. ikebana the Japanese art of flower arrangement, especially for the home. peloria the phenomenon of a regular structure appearing as an abnormality in flowers which are usually irregular. Also called epanody. —peloric, pelorian, adj. perigyny the state of having the pistils, stamens, petals, etc., arranged around a cuplike receptacle. —perigynous, adj. phyllody the process by which floral organs turn into foliage. Also phyllomorphy. rosarium a rose garden. staminody the metamorphosis of various flower organs, as petals or sepals, into stamens. synanthy whole or partial union of several flowers that are usually separate and distinct. —synanthous adj. tulipomania a mania for planting and growing tulips, especially such a mania in Holland in the 1630s, when a sum equivalent to $5200 was paid for a single bulb. —tulipomaniac, n.
- plural form of flower
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of flower
- A surname.