scarious


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scarious

(skâr′ē-əs) also

scariose

(-ōs′)
adj.
Thin, membranous, and dry: scarious bracts.

scarious

(of plant structures) thin, with a dried-up appearance, especially at the edges and tips.
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From the Greek hyaleos, of glass, and seris, chicory, lettuce, probably because of the shiny, scarious involucral bracts.
Leaf epidermal cells lignified; bracts and bracteoles scarious. Inflorescence variable, axillary or terminal.
Flowers solitary, axillary or terminal, often crowded into heads; bracts not scarious, persistent, I to many; bracteoles deciduous, more than 2.
Leaves 3-8, essentially basal; sheaths 2.2-4 cm long, greenish-white to ochraceous, strongly ribbed, old sheath bases ochraceous to brown, sometimes becoming fibrous, the ventral side and margins scarious, hyaline, colorless or yellowish, easily torn, finely veined, the apex shallowly concave; ligule irregularly truncate to rounded, up to 1.6 mm long, the free portion stramineous, 0.2 mm wide; blades filiform, 6-42 cm long, 0.3-0.8 mm wide, curling, U-folded to V-folded, margins strongly antrorsely scabrous, especially proximally, the apex becoming triquetrous.