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Calyx   [ Botany ]

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  The calyx is the outer part of a flower, usually small and green but sometimes showy and brightly coloured, or otherwise adapted, to attract pollinators.  
It is a small whorl of modified leaves (sepals) at the base of the flower and, where present, enclosing the other parts of the flower in bud. These may occur individually or joined into a floral cup or tube. Together with the petals, they form the perianth which serves to protect, support, or nourish the flower

(cf. corolla)





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