a specialized leaf or leaflike part, usually situated at the base of a flower or inflorescence.
Historical Examples

Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and The William Griffith
Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray
Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6 Various
Seed Dispersal William J. Beal
Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray

a specialized leaf, usually smaller than the foliage leaves, with a single flower or inflorescence growing in its axil
A modified leaf growing just below a flower or flower stalk. Bracts are generally small and inconspicuous, but some are showy and petallike, as the brightly colored bracts of bougainvillaea or the white or pink bracts of flowering dogwoods.


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