tepal

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Hellebore flowers normally have no true petals: the apparent petals are sepals or "tepals"

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From French tépale, from pétale (petal), by transposition.

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tepal (plural tepals)

  1. (botany) One of the component parts of the perianth, the outermost whorls of flower parts, especially when the perianth is not divided into two whorls of unequal appearance.

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