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matured ovary of the pistil of a flower, containing the seed. After the egg nucleus, or ovum, has been fertilized (see fertilization) and the embryo plantlet begins to form, the surrounding ovule (see pistil) develops into a seed and the ovary wall (pericarp) around the
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a fleshy fruit with a hard, woodlike pit and a juicy (as in plums and cherries) or more or less dry (almond) or fibrous (coconut) outer layer. Drupes may have one pit (plum, almond) or many (raspberry). The juicy part of the drupe serves as food for animals (mainly birds), which disperse the seeds; it is also consumed by human beings in fresh or preserved form.


A fruit, such as a cherry, having a thin or leathery exocarp, a fleshy mesocarp, and a single seed with a stony endocarp. Also known as stone fruit.


an indehiscent fruit consisting of outer epicarp, fleshy or fibrous mesocarp, and stony endocarp enclosing a single seed, as in the peach, plum, and cherry
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Polygalaceae Fruits of this family are typically capsules, nuts, or drupes, but fin-winged fruits occur in a few cases.
The medicinal parts are the dried leaves, the oil extracted from the ripe drupes, and the fresh branches containing leaves and clusters of flowers.
The fossil fruit material is most similar to fruits of Ochna that are also concrescent and consist of 2-5 clustered single-seeded drupes or capsules.
The nuts are not true nuts,but what botanists call drupes.
manuscripts in preparation) have shown that they are not present in the pericarp of the olive drupes, nor in the leaves and twigs that may be present in the mulch prepared for olive pressing.
By Duha Daoud, Special to The Star The birds were making a racket in our garden this morning; they were literally stuffing themselves of the lusciously red drupes.
The pregnant women, similarly, commune with their ripe drupes as sisters.
Fruit mostly a pair of ventrally dehiscent follicles (often only one due to abortion) (rarely a capsule), with small seeds with a micropylar coma, rarely with a chalazal coma or ecomose (fruits in Rauvolfioideae drupes, berries, follicles, or capsules; seeds usually ecomose, naked, winged, or arillate).
Fruit loculicidal to septicidal capsules, berries, drupes (with 1 or several pits), or occasionally dry and indehiscent; seeds small, testa usually single layered, with cells isodiametric to strongly elongated, sometimes winged or tailed, sometimes mucilaginous on wetting; embryo fusiform or spatulate, white or less commonly green, with 2 cotyledons, to extremely reduced and undifferentiated; endosperm cellular, well developed, with haustoria at both ends; germination epigeal.
The various fruit types include loculicidal and septicidal capsules, berries, and drupes.
Almonds appear to have evolved from plants that produced succulent drupes that were dispersed by fruit-eating mammals or birds.