Word of the day

Pappus – the tuft of hairs on each seed of thistles, dandelions, and similar plants, which assists dispersal by the wind; a downy, bristly, or other tuft-like appendage of the achene of certain plants, as the dandelion and the thistle; an appendage or tuft of appendages that crowns the ovary or fruit in various seed plants and functions in dispersal of the fruit; the modified calyx, the part of an individual floret, that surrounds the base of the corolla tube in flower heads of the plant family Asteraceae.

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