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Postby eberntson » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:11 am


(botany) the production of flowers on the trunk, branches, etc, of a woody plant, as opposed to the ends of the twigs
Derived Forms

ˌcauliˈflorous adjective

Word Origin
from Latin caulis stem + -flory, from flōs flower

In the doldrums of winter in New England, I turn to books on plants and flowers. I was looking at a reprint of a 17th century book "Hortus Eystettensis", the third plate is the Judas tree, which is a cauliflorous bloomer. The Redbud tree also falls into this family. Just thought you'd like to be thinking of spring too.
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Re: cauliflory

Postby Perry Lassiter » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:46 pm

So I ask the obvious question: does that mean the cauliflower is related to the redbud?

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Re: cauliflory

Postby Philip Hudson » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:05 am

Perry: Sometimes your obvious questions are surely posed in jest. A caulflower is a type of cabbage. Cole, that does come from the same source as cauliflory, sometimes means cabbage as in coleslaw. So names are similar but relationships, not so close.
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