- a slender prolongation of the floral axis, bearing the carpels of some compound fruits, as in many plants of the parsley family.
- Mycology. the fruiting body of the higher fungi.
Origin of carpophore
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Carpophore, the stalk or support of a pistil extending between its carpels, 113.
A Carpophore is a prolongation of receptacle or axis between the carpels and bearing them.
The two carpels are close together, with their adjacent surfaces flattened, and are fixed to a central axis called the carpophore.Field and Woodland Plants
William S. Furneaux
In some Borragineous flowers, such as Houndstongue, the gynobase runs up in the centre between the carpels into a carpophore.
Fruit (cremocarp) of Osmorrhiza; the two akene-like ripe carpels separating at maturity from a slender axis or carpophore.
- the central column surrounded by carpels in such flowers as the geranium
- a spore-bearing structure in some of the higher fungi
- A fleshy, spore-producing body of basidiomycetes and ascomycetes. In common usage, the term mushroom is applied to carpophores that have a distinctive stipe and cap.
- A slender stalk that supports each half of a dehisced fruit in many members of the parsley family.
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