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Flower sepal question?

Posted by treeguy123 AL 7a (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 14, 10 at 0:41

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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RE: Flower sepal question?

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.

RE: Flower sepal question?

Thanks again.

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