One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a flower, fruit, or ovary) having distinct carpels that are not joined together.Often contrasted with syncarpous
- ‘Flowers are apocarpous, with the stigmas borne at the end of a long style.’
- ‘Early angiosperm fruits were apocarpous, with several free carpels.’
- ‘In a sense, these taxa have gynoecia that are effectively apocarpous.’
- ‘Flowers are apocarpous, with up to five carpels (usually two to three).’
- ‘The first bifurcation is shortly above the transition from the syncarpous to the apocarpous zone, the second bifurcation is somewhat higher up.’
Mid 19th century: from apo- + Greek karpos ‘fruit’ + -ous.
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