Garden Word of the Day
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This word may not help you grow better tomatoes, but it is relevant. I found it interesting and I hope you do, too.
No one knows where the word strig came from. In England, strig refers to the thread that holds a button to your shirt. It also refers to the tang of a sword blade. In the plant world, strig refers to the footstalk or pedicel of flowering or fruit-bearing plants, such as currants. A type of peduncle, these tiny stems occur within flower clusters or inflorescences. They provide support for the individual florets. The flowers that grow from a strig are called a sessility.
Female hops flowers are cone-shaped blooms called strobiles. If you sliced one of those flowers in half, you would see a central stem. That central stem is known as a rachis or strig. This strig is what attaches the flower to the bine or pedicel.
If you open up a fresh fig, you will see lots of hair-like structures. Those are male and female flowers held up with strigs.
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