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Word of the Week: Raceme

raceme [ rey-seem, ruh-seem] noun: a flower cluster with separate flowers attached by short equal stalks at equal distances along a central stem (flowers at base develop first). Racemes can be simple or compound.

When you see grasses forming wispy or fluffy heads in the summer, you probably don’t immediately think, “Oh what pretty flowers!” But flowers, they are, their arrangement often described as racemes. Continue reading

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