Stipules and bracts are leaf-like modified structures found in plants. Let us look at their differences.
|Stipules are modified paired structures borne at the base of leaves.
|Bracts are modified structures borne at the base of the inflorescence.
|They usually take up the colour of the leaves.
|They are brightly coloured like petals.
|Stipules protect the bud or the next leaf that is about to grow.
|They attract pollinators.
|They can appear as glands, scales, hair or spines.
|They can be small or large, with different shapes and colours.
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- Leaves: Morphology, Types & Modification
- Difference Between Simple and Compound Leaves
- Study and identification of different types of inflorescence
What is the difference between bract and bracteole?
A bract is a small leaf-like structure at the base of inflorescence, whereas a bracteole is a smaller bract found between the bract and the flower.
Are axillary buds and stipules the same?
No, a stipule is a leaf-like structure present at the base of the leaf, whereas an axillary bud is a bud that presents between the stem and leaf petiole.