Flower sepal question?

treeguy123(AL 7b)August 14, 2010

What is the difference between persistent sepals and deciduous sepals? I'm trying to identify a flower, but I don't know how to tell if it has persistent or deciduous sepals.

I assume persistent sepals stay on, but for how long?

And I assume deciduous sepals fall off but when? Seems like it could easily be confused, I want to know the exact way of telling the difference.

Any help would be appreciated.

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lycopus(z5 NY)

It would normally mean that the sepals have fallen by the time the flower reaches anthesis. I'd expect that if the sepals are persistent on the fruit that a key would specify that.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 10:15AM
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treeguy123(AL 7b)

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2010 at 5:32AM
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