Bract

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1. a modified leaf, often small and associated with leaves or inflorescences, but sometimes large and showy.
2. a modified leaf, usually reduced in size or scale-like. Sometimes large and brightly colored.
3. a leaf-like structure with one or many flowers in its axil (axillary), often smaller than regular leaves and otherwise modified (scaly, brown or different shape).

bract.jpg

Image of a plant with many bracts.
Source: http://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/bract.html