from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as phyllody. Also phyllomorphosis.
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= -- The term phyllomorphy is applied to the individual parts of the flower which assume the form and appearance of leaves.
Caspary, in an elaborate paper on phyllomorphy occurring in _Trifolium repens_, figures foliaceous ovules springing from the edge of an open, leafy carpel.
Now, when phyllomorphy occurs in sepals which ordinarily are vaginal, it is obvious that the case is one, not merely of increased relative growth, but also of the appearance or development of an organ habitually suppressed; on the other hand, when phyllomorphy occurs in sepals which usually are laminar in form and nervation, the case is one of unusual growth or hypertrophy, and not of the development of an organ habitually suppressed, so that the amount of change is greater in the former than in the latter instance.