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Definition of inferior ovary

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Definition as written by Joan:

An ovary that is below the attachment of the petals, sepals and stamens.

The hypanthium, (the ringlike, cup-shaped, or tubular structure of a flower on which the sepals, petals, and stamens are borne) may be fused to the ovary wall or attached to the top of the ovary.

The ovary of an apple or cherry is inferior because it is fused with a thick, fleshy hypanthium. Stamens, petals and sepals arise from the top of the hypanthium (on top of the apple or cherry).

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