Infructescence

Infructescence

With the term infructescence (or compound fruits), in botany, we mean a set of fruits derived from the development of all the flowers of an inflorescence, forming a structure that resembles a single fruit, originating from the ovary of each flower, with sometimes the participation of other floral elements that are welded together.
The infructescence is therefore the set of fruits deriving from the fertilization of the ovaries of an inflorescence, arranged according to the scheme of the latter.
An infructescence, in some cases, can resemble a simple fruit.
An example of this is the infructescences of the pineapple which are formed by a meeting of berries interspersed with tissues of the receptacle and of the bracts.
Among the various types of infructescence we remember:
– ear infructescence: the ears of ripe wheat;
– syconium infructescence: the fruits of the fig.




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