- a condition in flowers, in which certain organs, as the stamens in most double flowers, assume the appearance of or become metamorphosed into petals.
Origin of petalody
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The change is associated with petalody of the stamens and pistils.
Petalody of the connective is of less frequent occurrence than the corresponding change in the other portions of the stamen.
For other illustrations see multiplication of whorls, petalody; see also Moquin, loc.
Petalody of the styles and median prolification are also sometimes found in association with an augmented number of stamens.
- a condition in certain plants in which stamens or other parts of the flower assume the form and function of petals
C19: from Greek petalōdēs like a leaf, from petalon leaf
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