Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tepal

A tepal is an undifferentiated part of a perianth. 

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Oh, OK I'll go on. You know what a flower petal is. You may have noticed that sometimes behind the petals there are little green things. Those are sepals (or the calyx). 


Actually in some plants there are no petals, just sepals which look like petals but don't worry about that.







In other plants there are both petals and sepals but they all look like petals and it's impossible to tell petals from sepals. In this case all the pretty bits are called tepals to, you know, make things easier.

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  1. Good luck with the Jeffrey Archer comp - and well done on getting that far!

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    1. Thanks, Lonestarky. I'm amazed to have got this far.

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  2. PATSY COLLINS!!!! You are so a finalist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh wow!! Oh that's BRILLIANT BRILLIANT news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done you!!! GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have everything crossed for you!!!! You MUST WIN!!! Yay!! Take care
    x

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    1. Kitty, you seem nearly as excited as I am!

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  3. You took me right back to my school biology lessons for a minute. The crime writing competition is one for me - Thanks.

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  4. Thank you for the botany lesson--I'd never even heard of tepals. Learn something new everyday... :)

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    1. It's probably isn't something you needed to know, Linda. Was a good excuse to post pictures of my pretty flowers though.

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  5. Congrats on being a finalist, Patsy! I know about TMPress and I think you're right about the article site possibly not paying anything.

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  6. A thought a tepal was a friend who came round to your house share a hot bevarage with you! Well done on being a finalist, Patsy.

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    1. That's a great alternative definition, Wendy.

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  7. Wow, Patsy - you are on a roll! Very well done!

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    1. Thank you, Frances. This success does make me keen to try even more competitions.

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  8. Can I just stick to flower? I'm a simple guy.

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    1. There are probably more people who haven't than who have, Vikki.

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  10. Lovely photos. That's really exciting about being a finalist in the comp - good luck with submitting the novel!

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  11. Sorry, only just clicked on 'novel excerpt and synopsis' to see what you were up to. Well done for getting so far.

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  12. Well learned something new, but not sure the cat would differ as he just eats them haha

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    1. Cats aren't known for their horticultural prowess, Pat.

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  13. I feel smarter now after learning about tepals :)
    (I love that first photo)

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    1. That's a periwinkle, Lynda. The name is nearly as pretty as the flower.

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  14. Well done! All my fingers and toes are crossed for you with the Jeffery Archer comp. :-)

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  15. I read it. I really did. I even read it again. I still have no clue what tepals or sepals are. I'm more the "Oh, look - pretty flowers" type. lol

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    1. 'Oh Look, pretty flowers' is a perfectly valid reaction, Lexa.

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  16. Hi Patsy .. so pleased for you - getting through is wonderful .. now to winning - yes Mr and Mrs Judges - you must let our lady win ..

    Tepals .. love the word - and I'm not sure I knew it either ..

    Happy working weekend .. Hilary

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    1. I hope the judges are listening to you, Hilary!

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  17. The flowers are lovely, Patsy. Thank you for the information about them, it's an interesting post. Good Luck with the competition.

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  18. And to confuse the issue even further, there are coloured leaves call bracts. Our bouganvillae is on flower - lots of red bracts surrounding insignificant little white flowers. They're all pretty, anyhow.

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    1. I'm not absolutely sure where bracts fit in, Lizy - must look it up.

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  19. Gorgeous flowers! This post made me smile.

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