Definition of cypsela in US English:


nounPlural cypselae

  • A dry single-seeded fruit formed from a double ovary of which only one develops into a seed, as in the daisy family.

    • ‘A typical cypsela is the fruit of a dandelion.’
    • ‘The cypsela of the perennial dandelion is classified as an anthocarp.’
    • ‘Species are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous perennials and have dimorphic cypselae with the ray fruit lacking a well developed crown of bristles.’
    • ‘Viable cypselae of any aster or goldenrod from anywhere in the world is most welcomed by the lab.’


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek kupselē ‘hollow vessel’.