serotinous

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Latin serotinus, from serus late.

Adjective[edit]

serotinous (not comparable)

  1. (of conifer cones) Requiring the heat of a wildfire to open, in order to disperse its seed.
  2. Appearing or blossoming later in the season than is customary with allied species.

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