One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a plant or species) able to be fertilized by its own pollen.
- ‘While the flower is fully capable of cross-fertilization, the tree is so self-compatible that the majority of the fruits are usually self-fertilized.’
- ‘Despite being a self-compatible species, self-pollination is rare.’
- ‘However, in changing environments self-compatible species may be at a disadvantage.’
- ‘Furthermore, seeds produced by female plants are the result of outcrossing with males, but seeds produced on hermaphrodite plants may be the result of selfing, if this species is self-compatible.’
- ‘However, there are a significant number of exceptions to the UI ‘rule’ that pistils of self-incompatible taxa inhibit pollen from self-compatible taxa.’
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