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The term "terminal" is used to describe the position of a flower or a bud on a plant. A terminal flower or bud is one that grows at the end of a branch or stem, as opposed to an axial flower or bud, which grows out of the leaf angle where it joins the stem. Terminal flowers or buds are also called apical, especially when they are at the top of the plant. Terminal flowers or buds may be solitary or part of an inflorescence, a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem. Terminal flowers or buds are often more conspicuous and attractive than axial ones, as they serve to attract pollinators and protect young flowers from herbivores.

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