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Dictionary Definition

umbel n : flat-topped or rounded inflorescence characteristic of the family Umbelliferae in which the individual flower stalks arise from about the same point; youngest flowers are at the center

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From Latin umbella ("umbrella").



  1. A flat-topped or rounded flower-cluster (= inflorescence) in which the individual flower stalks arise from the same point, the youngest flowers being at the centre.


Extensive Definition

An umbel is an inflorescence which consists of a number of short flower stalks (called pedicels) which are equal in length and spread from a common point, somewhat like umbrella ribs.
Umbels are a characteristic of plants such as carrot, parsley, dill, and fennel in the family Apiaceae, and ivy, aralia and fatsia in the family Araliaceae.
A compressed cyme is called umbelliform if it resembles an umbel.
umbel in Czech: Okolík
umbel in Danish: Skærm (botanik)
umbel in German: Dolde
umbel in Spanish: Umbela
umbel in Esperanto: Umbelo
umbel in French: Ombelle
umbel in Italian: Ombrella
umbel in Lithuanian: Skėtis (žiedynas)
umbel in Dutch: Scherm (bloeiwijze)
umbel in Polish: Baldach
umbel in Portuguese: Umbela
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