- the producing of blossoms; flowering
- the arrangement of flowers on a stem or axis
- a flower cluster on a common axis
- flowers collectively
- a solitary flower, regarded as a reduced cluster
Origin of inflorescenceModern Latin inflorescentia ; from Late Latin inflorescens, present participle of inflorescere, to begin to blossom: see in- and amp; florescence
- A cluster of flowers arranged in a characteristic way on a stem.
- The process of flowering.
Origin of inflorescenceNew Latin &imacron;nfl&omacron;r&emacron;scentia, from Late Latin &imacron;nfl&omacron;r&emacron;sc&emacron;ns, &imacron;nfl&omacron;r&emacron;scent-, present participle of &imacron;nfl&omacron;r&emacron;scere, to begin to flower : Latin in-, intensive pref.; see in–2 + Latin fl&omacron;r&emacron;scere, to begin to blossom; see florescence.
top left to right: umbel and corymb
bottom left to right: panicle and raceme
From Latin inflōrēscentia, from inflōrēscō (“I begin to flower”), inchoative verb of flōreō (“I flower”).