Remaining on a tree after maturity and opening to release seeds only after exposure to certain conditions, especially heat from a fire. Used of the cones of gymnosperms.
Being a species having such cones.
Late in developing, opening, or blooming. For example, serotinous pine cones may persist unopened on the tree for years and only burst open during a forest fire. Serotinous flowers on trees develop only after the tree has produced leaves.
Appearing or blossoming later in the season than is customary with allied species.
Origin of serotinous
- Latin sērōtinus coming late from sērō at a late hour from sērus late
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Latin serotinus, from serus late.