Figure #1 Determinate and indeterminate flowers
The avocado’s flowering behavior is unusual in many ways. The mature tree can produce in excess of a million flowers during the flowering period. The flowers occur in panicles of several dozens or hundreds of flowers. There are two different types of avocado inflorescences: determinate and indeterminate (see Figure 1). In a determinate inflorescence the tip of the shoot that bears the flowers will end in a flower. Indeterminate inflorescences, which tend to be more common in our environment, terminate with a vegetative bud.