Mericarp fruit of geranium

Mericarp fruit of geranium

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Caption: Photograph of a mericarp (seed-bearing structure), part of the fruit of a small, wild geranium Erodium sp.. The geranium fruit is a schizocarp, that is, a fruit which breaks into several portions (mericarps). The one-seed mericarp appears as a spear-like structure suspended from the central style - part of the old flower. Seeds are dispersed by mechanical means: stresses caused by the spirally-wound strips of fibres tears the mericarps (seed) away from the style.

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Keywords: botany, dispersal, erodium sp., geranium, geranium seed, in nature, mericarp, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, schizocarp, seed, seed capsule, spiral form, structure

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