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A flower cluster with a central stem bearing a single terminal flower that develops first, the other flowers in the cluster developing as terminal buds of lateral stems.Compare with raceme
- ‘This pattern is most clearly observed in shoots with five to seven cymes, while in shoots with two to four cymes male flowers are also frequently produced in basal positions.’
- ‘The flat, star-shaped flowers are 1-cm across, range in color from maroon in the sun to pale beige in the shade, and are displayed in loose cymes in the leaf axils.’
- ‘Leaves of C. orbiculatus are broader, and the flowers are borne in axillary cymes.’
Early 18th century (denoting the unopened head of a plant): from French, literally ‘summit’, from a popular variant of Latin cyma.
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