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Australian Biological Resources Study

Flora of Australia

Compiled by A.McCusker

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apocarpous: of a gynoecium, consisting of two or more carpels which are free from one another or almost so.
carpel: an organ (generally believed to be a modified foliar unit) at the centre of a flower, bearing one or more ovules and having its margins fused together or with other carpels to enclose the ovule(s) in an ovary, and consisting also of a stigma and usually a style.
syncarpous: of a flower, having two or more carpels, all fused together.
Carpel Fusion
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