disseminule

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disseminule

[də′sem·ə‚nyül]
(biology)
An individual organism or part of an individual adapted for the dispersal of a population of the same organisms.
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This asymmetral pattern suggests that these disseminules are mericarps of the kind typical for Apiaceae, with three or five longitudinal veins occurring on the dorsal side of each mericarp but only a single vein running medially on the ventral side.
The disseminule is elliptical to elongate-elliptical, with semielliptical wings persisting from the strongly winged floral tube of the flower (Gentry, 1993).
Because practitioners in the sciences need precision when speaking or writing formally, the botanical term of choice for both true seeds as well as those carrying extra parts is disseminule, a catchall term that covers all variations of reproductive packages, botanically known by terms such as aril, achene, capsule, caryopsis, nut, drupe, and true seed (Figure 4).