heterostyly

/ (ˈhɛtərəˌstaɪlɪ) /

noun

the condition in certain plants, such as primroses, of having styles of different lengths, each type of style in flowers on different plants, which promotes cross-pollination

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Derived forms of heterostyly

heterostylous, adjective

Word Origin for heterostyly

C20: from Greek, from heteros different + stylos pillar
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