the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens.
Historical Examples

anthesis, anthropocosmic—— Say, I’m glad you didn’t call me that!
Left Guard Gilbert Ralph Henry Barbour

These glands secrete a viscid juice at the time of anthesis.
A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

Relation of temperature to anthesis and blossom drop of the tomato together with a histological study of the pistils.
The Tomato Paul Work

anthesis, the period or the act of the expansion of a flower.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

These swellings help to spread out the branches especially at the time of anthesis.
A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

the time when a flower becomes sexually functional

“full bloom,” 1835, from Greek anthesis, noun of action from antheein “to blossom,” from anthos “flower,” (see anther).
The period during which a flower is fully open and functional. Also called efflorescence.


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