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The names valvate, imbricate and vexillary or pappilomatous are classification to describe

( A ) The petal arrangement in a flower i.e. aestivation
( B ) To describe the carpal arrangement in a flower
( C ) To descibe to bulb arrangement in a flower
( D ) Describes the corolla

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(A) is the right answer.

When sepals or petals in a whorl just touch one another at the margin, without overlapping, as in Calotropis, it is said to be valvate. If one margin of the appendage overlaps that of the next one and so on as in china rose, lady’s finger and cotton, it is called twisted. If the margins of sepals or petals overlap one another but not in any particular direction as in Cassia and gulmohur, the aestivation is called imbricate. In pea and bean flowers, there are five petals, the largest (standard) overlaps the two lateral petals (wings) which in turn overlap the two smallest anterior petals (keel); this type of aestivation is known as vexillary or papilionaceous.
answered Apr 4, 2014 by pady_1