Origin of spatheModern Latin spatha from L, a flat blade: see spade
A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit.
Origin of spatheLatin spatha broadsword from Greek spathē broad blade
A large, leaflike, often showy bract that encloses a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit or calla lily.
From Latin spatha, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ€Î¬Î¸Î· (spathÃª) "blade".
- - Spadix of Arum niaculatum from which the greater part of the spathe has been cut away.
- (Narcissus Tazetta) bursting from This gives the special charthe sheathing bract or spathe, b.
- Long and the spathe single-flowered.
- Lower part of spathe cut open.
- The small flowers are densely crowded on thick fleshy spikes, which are associated with, and often more or less enveloped by, a large leaf (bract), the so-called spathe, which, as in cuckoo-pint, where it is green in colour, Richardia, where it is white, creamy or yellow, Anthurium, where it is a brilliant scarlet, is often the most striking feature of the plant.