noun

definition

The tuft of hairs on each seed of thistles, dandelions, and similar plants, which assists dispersal by the wind.

example

The achenes are terete, narrowed at the base, 5 x 0 • 7 mm, ribbed and black, with a basal tuft of hairs and a pappus consisting of five ovate, petal-like scales.

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