- 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 florescence
- A cluster of flowers arranged in a characteristic way on a stem.
- The process of flowering.
Origin of inflorescenceNew Latin īnflōrēscentia from Late Latin īnflōrēscēns īnflōrēscent- present participle of īnflōrēscere to begin to flower Latin in- intensive pref. ; see in- 2. Latin flōrēscere 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”).