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Imperfect flower

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Definition

noun, plural: imperfect flowers

A flower with only one set of sexual reproductive structures


Supplement

Flowers may be described as either perfect or imperfect based on the presence of sexual reproductive structures. An imperfect flower bears only one sexual reproductive organ – either male or female. Imperfect flowers may be further described as staminate (male) flower or pistillate (female) flower depending on which sexual reproductive structures are present.

Corn plant produces imperfect flowers.


Synonym(s):

  • unisexual flower

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