One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant) flowering only once and then dying.
- ‘Being monocarpic, it dies after flowering but the seeds can be collected and sown every year.’
- ‘The presence of a leaf litter cover has been shown to cause seedling mortality in several monocarpic species.’
- ‘Among these are the onset of monocarpic senescence, floral induction and the response of shoot growth to nitrate availability.’
- ‘Commonly, the apical meristems differentiated into reproductive structures, making these plants monocarpic and determinant in their growth pattern.’
- ‘Scarlet gilia is a common monocarpic perennial wildflower of western montane habitats.’
Mid 19th century: from mono- ‘single’ + Greek karpos ‘fruit’ + -ic.
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