An organism capable of asexual reproduction is able to produce offspring in the absence of a mate. In asexual reproduction, the offspring is a clone of the parent and therefore results in low genetic variation in the species as a whole.
Examples of asexual reproduction are:
- Binary fission
- Vegetative reproduction
- Spore formation
- Apomixis and nucellar embryony
Word origin: a- (absence or lack of) sexual + reproduction.
Compare: sexual reproduction