Carpel fusion

Flora of Australia Glossary — Vascular Plants

Compiled by A. McCusker


Carpel Fusion

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.