What does Cymes mean?

Cymes refer to a cluster of plants that produce a new flower from the end of each growing part. In these plants, the oldest flowers are normally found at the top, while newer growths tend to emerge from the plant’s side shoots. Cymes such as the Geranium Pratense belong to the family of inflorescences.

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In all cymes, the terminal flower is always the first to open. This particular flower is normally followed by additional flowering on the plant’s lower branches. This process normally involves several levels of branching. Popular cymes include the Day-Lily, Common Quickweed, Common Buttercup and Blackberry, among others.

Some types of cymes, such as the helicoid cyme only develops flowers on one side of the plant’s axis. Consequently, this causes the fluorescence plant to curve. Examples include the Hound’s Tongue. Alternatively, scorpioid cymes such as Forget-Me-Nots display a curved axis but with two ranks of flowers on either side.

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