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  • noun Plural form of tepal.


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  • Instead, like tulips and lilies, they have leaf-like structures called tepals, that act as both petal and the outermost sepal whorl. Local Breaking News 2010

  • Are they officially are the sepals officially called tepals in these orchids?

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en] 2009

  • Inferred ancestral features include more than two whorls (or series) of tepals and stamens, stamens with protruding adaxial or lateral pollen sacs, several free, ascidiate carpels closed by secretion, extended stigma, extragynoecial compitum, and one or several ventral pendent ovule (s).

    A Disclaimer for Behe? 2009

  • I never know what exactly are petals or sepals or tepals with Hellebores.

    Feb Bloom Day 2009 « Fairegarden 2009

  • D. iridoides has white flowers marked with yellow and violet, with six free tepals that are not joined into a tube at their bases.

    I'm back in New York City, but... Ann Althouse 2007

  • It can be distinguished by larger flowers which have dark spots at the base of the outer tepals, and last for three days.

    I'm back in New York City, but... Ann Althouse 2007

  • The result of this manifold study has been a pretty general agreement that the structure of the order (omitting minor details) is as follows: -- A six-parted perianth in two rows, the outer three (sepals) generally regular and equal in shape; of the inner three (petals or tepals) two are regular, and one, the labellum very irregular, consisting not only of a petal, but of two abortive stamens incorporated with it.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants Maxwell T. Masters

  • The flower structure seemed right for iris: six tepals a handy term for flower parts that might be either petals or sepals.

    SFGate: Top News Stories (Joe Eaton 2011

  • Perianth 3-6-merous, in 1 or 2 series, herbaceous, often enlarged in fruit or inner tepals enlarged, with wings, tubercles, or spines.

    Find Me A Cure Mukul 2010

  • Magnolia tepals are especially strong, thick and leathery, an adaptation that enabled them to withstand the rigorous activities of beetles, one of the earliest insects essential to pollination. Local Breaking News 2010


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