inflorescence[in′flō res′əns, -flô-; -flə-]
- 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 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”).