Pedicel (botany)

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The inflorescence of Delphinium nuttallianum. Each flower is held on a pedicel a few centimeters long.

A pedicel is a stem that attaches single flowers to the inflorescence.[1] It is the branches or stalks that hold each flower in an inflorescence that contains more than one flower.

The stem or branch from the main stem of the inflorescence that holds a group of pedicels is called a peduncle. In the absence of a pedicel, the flowers are described as sessile.

The shape of the pedicel has received particular attention in Halloween-varieties of pumpkin or squash plants, where plant breeders are trying to optimize the size and shape of the pedicel for the best "lid" for a "jack-o-lantern".[2]

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  1. ^ Hickey, M.; King, C. (2001). The Cambridge Illustrated Glossary of Botanical Terms. Cambridge University Press. 
  2. ^