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Definition of monoecious

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Definition as written by jody:

Both male and female parts on one plant.

Definition as written by Floridian:

Having separate male and female flowers that are on the same plant

Definition as written by Monocromatico:

By definition, "monoecious" means "one house", reffering to a plant that features both male and female parts in one individual. But this term only applies when the plant has male and female organs in separate parts of it (i. e. male and female only flowers).

When these organs are featured together in the same flower, the plant is more properly called "hermaphrodite".

Definition as written by Magpye:

The term is also used to refer to rusts that have all stages of their life cycle on a single species of plant (such as: a monoecious aphid).

Definition as written by thistlesifter:

A flower may in technical terms be considered dioecious, but in fact perform the function of producing fruit or seed without the presence of another plant. (it may act as if it is monoecious)

There are almost no absolutes with regard to reproduction. Many technically dioecious flowers can be stimulated to make seed without another pollinator. Horticulturist call such a flower a selfer.


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