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The basic unit of a grass flower, consisting of two glumes or outer bracts at the base and one or more florets above.
- ‘At the base of each spikelet, there is a pair of sterile glumes that surrounds a series of flowers (five to eight in number).’
- ‘The female flowers can be distinguished by long, silky hairs at the bases of the flower spikelets.’
- ‘From early summer on, stiff yellow stems are topped with purple spikelets.’
- ‘Similar results were presented in experiments where the sterilization of florets led to more grain setting and greater grain growth in the untreated spikelets.’
- ‘Diseased spikelets may be entirely transformed into dark fungal spore masses.’
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