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I am creating a wiki page and I am looking for an exact word for 'newly formed flower' with characteristics like fresh, young, charming, etc.

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a charming flower? – user545424 Apr 13 '12 at 4:51
I think we need to know more precisely the stage of the flower that you consider to be newly formed- A bud is the stage at which the flower is still tightly wrapped in the sepals. When the bud starts to open and the petals become exposed it is a blossom – Jim Apr 13 '12 at 6:20
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I know this isn't one word, but I think the best description would be a budding flower.

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Bloom may serve. As a noun, its senses include

— The opening of flowers in general; the state of blossoming or of having the flowers open. (eg) The cherry trees are in bloom.

— A state or time of beauty, freshness, and vigor/vigour; an opening to higher perfection, analogous to that of buds into blossoms. (eg) the bloom of youth

— Anything giving an appearance of attractive freshness

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I'd say the flower buds finally blossom.

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Well, blossom is a word, and it can be used as a noun as well. – Milind Ganjoo Apr 13 '12 at 3:57

I know this is years late, but I thought I could contribute. The proper word for a flower opening would be 'Anthesis'. This is when in which a flower opens and becomes sexual active. Meaning it can except sperm within its ovule and or deliver pollen.

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