Meaning of palea

pa•le•a

Pronunciation: (pā'lē-u), [key]
— pl. -le•ae
  1. a chafflike scale or bract.
  2. the scalelike, membranous organ in the flowers of grasses that is situated upon a secondary axis in the axil of the flowering glume and envelops the stamens and pistil.
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