- (of flowers) having all floral parts conjoint and generally divergent from the ovary at or near its summit.
- (of stamens, petals, etc.) having the parts so arranged.
Origin of epigynous
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In Umbelliferæ the epigynous condition is changed for the perigynous, &c.Vegetable Teratology
Maxwell T. Masters
Epigynous, borne apparently on the top of the ovary; all which is explained in Fig. 270-274.
Stylopodium, an epigynous disk, or an enlargement at the base of the style.
These latter were classified according to whether the parts of the flower were hypogenous, perigynous, or epigynous.
Epigynous (on the ovary) when so adnate that all these parts appear to arise from the very summit of the ovary, as in Fig. 274.
- (of flowers) having the receptacle enclosing and fused with the gynoecium so that the other floral parts arise above it
C19: from epi- + Greek gunē (female organ, pistil) + -ous
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- Having floral parts (such as the petals and stamens) attached to or near the upper part of the ovary, as in the flower of the apple, cucumber, or daffodil. Compare hypogynous perigynous.
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