Origin of acyclic
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In acyclic flowers there is often a gradual transition from petals to stamens, as in the white water-lily (fig. 31).
- chem not cyclic; having an open chain structure
- botany having flower parts arranged in a spiral rather than a whorl
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- Not cyclic. Used especially of flowers whose parts are arranged in spirals rather than in whorls, as in magnolias.
- Having an open-chain molecular structure rather than a ring-shaped structure.
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