AskDefine | Define schizocarp

Dictionary Definition

schizocarp n : a dry dehiscent fruit that at maturity splits into two or more parts each with a single seed

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  1. A dry fruit, that develops from multiple carpels, and splits into multiple, one-seeded mericarps at maturity


  • Hungarian: ikerkaszat
  • Italian: schizocarpo

Extensive Definition

A schizocarp is a dry fruit that develops from multiple carpels. When mature it splits up into one-seeded mericarps. The mericarp is either:
  • Dehiscent (splits open to release the seed), for example members of the genus Geranium. This is similar to what happens with a capsule, but with an extra stage.
  • Indehiscent (remaining closed), such as in the carrot or in members of the genus Malva.
schizocarp in Catalan: Esquizocarp
schizocarp in Spanish: Esquizocarpio
schizocarp in French: Schizocarpe
schizocarp in Lithuanian: Skeltavaisis
schizocarp in Polish: Rozłupnia
schizocarp in Portuguese: Esquizocarpo
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