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the fleshy axis of a spike often surrounded by a spathe

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decus-silvae, first described around 1920, which bears its spadices on a remarkable stalk up to 10 ft (3 m) tall, while the dark purple inflorescence is 4.
The population thus displays an age gradient in floral development within and among spadices and among shoots that I averaged over the clonal hierarchy of flowers within spadices within shoots.
To assess whether the number of female spadices per flowering shoot varied with time during a reproductive episode, one-way ANOVA was performed on counts from a single depth (1.
Not every spadix carried aborted fruits or seeds; I calculated the percent spadices with abortions on each flowering shoot and averaged the percent over flowering shoots with abortions.
Over 100 spadices of each gender were collected haphazardly in July 1991 and April 1992 and examined in the laboratory for the percent removed presumably by fishes, based on cleanly cut spadices and by comparison to the average length of a male spadix.
Male inflorescences are similar to those of females but racemes bear 8-10 spadices.