usually elongate cluster of flowers along the main stem in which the flowers at the base open first
An indeterminate inflorescence in which the flowers are arranged along a single central axis.
Origin: From racemus.
a flower cluster with an elongated axis and many one-flowered lateral pedicels, as in the currant and chokecherry
Origin: [L. racemus a bunch of berries, a cluster of grapes. See Raisin.]
A raceme is a type of inflorescence that is unbranched and indeterminate and bears pedicellate flowers — flowers having short floral stalks called pedicels — along the axis. In botany, axis means a shoot, in this case one bearing the flowers. In a raceme, the oldest flowers are borne towards the base and new flowers are produced as the shoot grows. A plant that flowers on a showy raceme may have this reflected in its scientific name, e.g. Cimicifuga racemosa. A compound raceme is called a panicle. A spike is a type of raceme in which individual flowers are sessile. The term spikelet can refer to a small spike, although it is primarily used to refer to the ultimate flower cluster unit in the grasses, in which case the stalk supporting the cluster becomes the pedicel. A true spikelet comprises one or more florets enclosed by two glumes, and is not a raceme. A spadix is a form of spike in which the florets are densely crowded along the axis. They are enclosed or accompanied by a highly specialized bract called a spathe and are a characteristic of the Araceae family.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ra-sēm′, n. a cluster: a flower-cluster, as in the currant.—adjs. Racemed′, having racemes; Racem′ic, pertaining to, or obtained from, grapes: an acid obtained from a certain kind of grape; Racemif′erous, bearing racemes; Rac′emōse, Rac′emous, growing in, or resembling, a raceme.—n. Rac′emūle, a small raceme.—adj. Racem′ulōse, bearing small racemes. [Fr.,—L. racemus.]
The numerical value of raceme in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of raceme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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