bracteoles - good definition needed

Don Jones
Sun, 30 Sep 2007 11:34:04 PDT
Only two of my books define bracteole, as a synonym of bractlet,  
which is the term all the other books use.

Bractlet is defined as
  'a very small bract',
'diminutive of bract',
'bract of a pedicel',
'bract born on a secondary axis, as on the pedicel or even on a petiole'

None of these is specific to bulbous plants, though.

  I skimmed through descriptions of some alliums from the Pacific  
Northwest and saw bracts mentioned in only three species of the  
thirty described.  No bracteoles or bractlets.

Diane Whitehead

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