GCSE Biology 3rd edition

Rye Grass Inflorescence

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Rye Grass Inflorescence

The flowers of the grasses are tiny, inconspicuous and carried in dense inflorescences*. There are no petals or sepals in the usual sense, but the reproductive organs are enclosed in two green, leaf-like structures called bracts. The ovary contains one ovule and bears two styles with feathery stigmas. There are three stamens, the anthers of which, when ripe, hang outside the bracts.
* An inflorescence is a group of flowers carried on the same stalk

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